From a local Pennsylvania German estate here in Lancaster County,
a fine example of an antique 19th century Show
Known among the local Pennsylvania Germans as a
a hand towel.
The name 'show towel' is a 20th century
term started by collectors.
Made entirely by hand, beautiful hand woven homespun linen
with hand embroidery and hand made fringe flounces.
A fine example of antique Pennsylvania AMISH / MENNONITE
This was embroidered by Feronica Reist at the very top
with her name and dated 1826.
Feronica was born Feronica Hershey in 1804 in Manheim, Lancaster
She was married to Joseph Reist of Rapho Township, Lancaster
Information gathered from the former owner:
The towel was either made for a child of Feronica's
or for Feronica's sister-in-law (her husbands sister) Anna
Anna was married to Jacob Hershey who was possibly related to
Note the initials A R and below that I H between
the two trees.
There is additional embroiderey below which
There is a listing in the Lancaster County Intestate
for a PETER WEIT having passed away in 1866.
Peter had 7 children Henry, Peter, George Jacob, Samuel, Elizabeth
The name LITI may be a diminutive for Elizabeth or Lydia
Size: 52" long x 15" wide
Beautiful hand embroidery, this has been well cared for, it's
in very good condition.
A few small spots as shown in our images.
The fringes are all in very good condition
There are a few loose stitches on the reverse where the flounces
of fringe are attached.