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Hand screen

Hand screen

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1718 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Haines, Dorcas (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen canvas, embroidered with silk in Florentine stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Graham Kerr

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel for a handscreen was originally mounted on a carved bone handle. It is one of a pair, and is dated 1718. Handscreens were designed to screen a woman's face from the heat of a domestic fire. They would usually be kept in pairs, at the ready, by the mantelpiece.

Handscreens are typical of the type of small furnishing or dress accessory that might be decorated with silk embroidery by a woman at home, either for her own domestic use or to give as a present. Handles could be bought separately, on which the embroidery would be mounted.

Physical description

A flame stitch embroidered handscreen.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1718 (made)


Haines, Dorcas (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen canvas, embroidered with silk in Florentine stitch

Marks and inscriptions

DH 1718
Signature; date; Haines, Dorcas


Height: 26.5 cm, Width: 25 cm

Descriptive line

embroidered linen, 1718,English, made by Dorcas Haines




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