No printer or manufacturer [probably English], No date [c. 1820]. Ephemera no binding. 10” x 12”; cotton weave, brown madder-dyed block printed childhood scene; one selvedge edge, 3 edges hand-rolled and stitched; light staining, small area upper right of weakened fibers with shattered weft; very good. Not found in any collection. Very good. Item #935
Called a handkerchief or, more correctly, a bandana, this early 19th century childhood textile is a rarity. While historical and commemorative handkerchiefs from this era are found, juvenile examples are lacking. The children are dressed in Empire style clothing and pictured participating in four childhood amusements that are labeled: Skating, Buffet the Bear, Fly the Kite and Tossing the Ball.