I'm participating inThree or More Tuesday hosted by Tam at The Gypsy's Corner. Please visit and see what other "threes" there are for this Tuesday.
At Linderhof, paper (other than newspaper and magazines) are in short supply. We don't have paper cups, napkins or even towels. We use "real" things. And at each meal, we use napkins -- real napkins.
Like the Victorians, we reuse our napkins for several days (although not for a whole week like the Victorians did) and like the Victorians, we slip them into a silver napkin ring after each meal and the napkins are then put in a drawer -- awaiting the next use.
I also like antique linens and napkins (as well as tablecloths and pillowcases) are some of my old linen treasures.
Our "everyday" napkins are white Hotel napkins which can be washed, bleached and when ironed have a great feel.
But for company luncheons, teas and dinners -- I like to use my antique ones.
I'm always on the lookout for "new" napkins and this weekend, I came across the following treasures. THREE treasures actually -- at THREE different Estate Sales.
Thus, my new antique napkins (and tablecloths) are my THREE OR MORE TUESDAY.
The first are tea napkins, ironed and starched and what I paid was obscene. Six in one bundle and 9 in the other. I love the needlework on them and although I have several sets, I will certainly enjoy these new ones and can't wait to have company for tea so that I can use them.
Luncheon napkins -- a bit smaller than dinner napkins (as luncheon plates are smaller than dinner plates). Eight of them. They will certainly be part of the tablesetting when the Lunch Bunch comes for lunch in August.
A "Luncheon Set" -- to be used on a card table -- a cutwork tablecloth and 4 matching napkins. Ladies knew how to entertain with elan -- even if the ladies came for a game of bridge and a lunch.
I found another at the same sale (for the same ridiculous price) -- with two sets, her bridge club must have been at least two tables and perhaps three.
There is something about nice linens especially antique ones. I get pleasure in laundering the linens and even in ironing them. Carefully taking care of linens reminds me of the slower pace of years gone by -- when washed, ironed and starched linens graced tables.