What’s It Worth: Holiday Hand Towel

Our antiques expert appraises a handmade Christmas linen towel to help determine what it's worth today.

1914 Christmas Linen Hand Towel with crochet trim

Vintage Christmas Linen Hand Towel

Handmade in 1914, this Christmas linen towel is enhanced by a filet crochet insert and fan pattern edge.


Please tell me about this doily my mother found at a farm auction. I love it and had it archival framed to display in my guestroom. It measures 22 by 32 inches.

—P.R., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What’s It Worth?

A: There’s no doubt about the age of this Christmas present! In 1914, most gifts were lovingly handmade. This linen hand towel was cut and the filet crochet was inserted across the center. The heavily embroidered letters really pop against the black background.

Alternating crocheted and linen ends are finished with a fan pattern edge. Your sweet doily would appeal to both linen and Christmas collectors, which would add to its value of about $150.

—Barbara J. Eash (Country Woman Magazine’s Antiques Expert)

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