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Dark Puss

I use a duvet from choice not primarily from convenience. While I greatly admire the craft and skill that went into the items you show I am extremely glad I do not have to dress for dinner! I have two commissioned napkin holders made by a modern silversmith and they are used at every meal, but they are not monogrammed and indeed it wouldn't go with their 21st century style.

Cheryl

What a beautiful 'days-gone-by' treasure! But as Dark Puss is glad to not have to dress for dinner, I'm certainly happy to not keep the masses of silver polished and the monogrammed linens crisp and white...at least not with the Kiddies around to drop peanut butter and jam on them! Guess I'd need a household staff to keep it up!

Rebecca Chapman

I read recently that past generations bought things that could be treasured, passed on and would last while we are a "veneer" generation - many things but not the real deal (look like the real thing but are not). Just an interesting thought of which your linens remind me.

Lindsay

Linen has been an important marker of social wealth and aspiration for longer than we normally realise - and further down the social scale. If you can bear it, after my critical posts, you only have to read George Eliot's Mill on the Floss to see that - it's a continual refrain.

Dark Puss

My wee cottage in C. Scotland was a flax weaver's house built c 1800. The water-powered mill nearby, although used in the 20th C for sawing timber, was put up for processing the flax.

Kaitlyn

Thank-you- this was/is a beautiful post to read. We've just cleaned out my grandmother's house and I now have some beautiful treasures- fur coats and gloves and all sorts of beautiful crockery. The only thing is, there's sadly not much need for them nowadays.

Bonnie

These are absolutely beautiful!! I wish that I had some linens to treasure. I do have lace doilies that my german granmother hand made.

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