Pennsylvania Amish / Mennonite

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Antique Early 19th Century

Hand Embroidered Show Towel

* Handtücher *

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From a local Pennsylvania German estate here in Lancaster County,

a fine example of an antique 19th century Show Towel.

Known among the local Pennsylvania Germans as a handtücher, essentially 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  FOLK ART

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 County, PA.

She was married to Joseph Reist of Rapho Township, Lancaster County, PA.


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 Reist.

Anna was married to Jacob Hershey who was possibly related to Feronica.

Note the initials A R  and below that I H  between the two trees.

There is additional embroiderey below which reads:


There is a listing in the Lancaster County Intestate Index

for a PETER WEIT having passed away in 1866.

Peter had 7 children Henry, Peter, George Jacob, Samuel, Elizabeth and Lydia.

The name  LITI may be a diminutive for Elizabeth or Lydia Weit

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.

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