Collection Owned by Dr. Albigence Waldo Connecticut Surgeon in US Revolutionary War 18th c
- Toile coverlet: Three vertical toile panels with one horizontal seam printed with "Apotheosis of Franklin and Washington", well-dated 1785-90 (97 1/2 by 87 inches) copper plate block printed, six complete pattern repeats, eighteen block placements.
- Linen bed sheet: Owned by Dr Albigence Waldo and wife, Lydia, used at Valley Forge "L. Waldo" inscribed in ink c. 1777, 65 by 85 inches
- Letters: Sections of a letter written by Dr Albigence Waldo, 29 letters and notes by Dr Albigence Waldo, copied by family members in the early to mid nineteenth century
"The Apotheosis of Franklin and Washington" was printed in England around 1790, on the occasion of Benjamin Franklin's death, for the American market. At first glance, this might seem unusual - after all, the British had only been defeated less than a decade earlier. However, the textile industries were irrevocably intertwined, with American manufacture never able to fill the needs of a growing population hungry for the latest fashions in their homes and on their bodies. The Americans, for the most part, remained culturally English, and vast quantities of English textiles, trimmings, and even upholsterers themselves were advertised as "lately from London". Toiles of this type were especially suited for bedding, as the vast, flat expanses of bed curtains, canopies and coverlets provided the very best showcase for the large-scale and often whimsical scenes, and it is no surprise that they survive in great numbers. In 1759, George Washington ordered a bed from London with a cornice covered in "Chintz Blew Plate Cotton furniture," a blue copperplate printed cotton toile with a vertical repeating pattern in a scale suitable for furniture. The coverlet, four chairs, curtains and window cornices would be upholstered in a matching fabric, to make the room "uniformly handsome and genteel" according to Washington.
When I was a little girl I fell in love with Victorian cage crinolines. Growing up that love became a passion for beautiful antique fashions, textiles and accessories. That passion has enabled me to bring you some of the finest historic fashions available on the market today. Collecting antique and vintage clothing is kind to the earth and a tangible investment option you can enjoy on a daily basis. Appreciated by all ages and cultures it offers a wonderful connection to history, revealing how people lived. The attention to detail in the construction of these intricate garments and accessories is remarkable. There is significant value in owning quality antique garments and it is my pleasure to make them available to you.
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