ca. 1890s – 1900s
Provenance: Probably DE or MD, USA
Machine-made white linen split drawers, embellished with two types of cotton lace and cotton embroidery. Judging by the materials and construction of these split drawers, they may have been a catalog order item.
The short, wide design of these split drawers, with flaring, elaborate embellishment at the lower legs, points to a late Victorian/Edwardian time frame. They were made with a fitted waist with a V-front, and a drawstring back. The drawstrings only gather a small amount of the waist together at the back, leaving the front and sides to fit smoothly.
The inside back of the drawers has a pencilled ’25’ written on it. The number itself may be a measurement, but after measuring the drawers, I found that the number does not correspond to any of the drawer’s dimensions, such as waist, hips or even leg length. I am still unsure what this number means.
These split drawers are in beautiful condition, except for a line of faint rust stains from where they were once stored folded over a metal hanger.