The one drawback is that you do have to iron them, but they are so much more elegant to use than paper napkins, and ironing only takes a few seconds, because they're usually about 4" x 6". Antique coasters are great to use--don't necessarily have to iron after every use, unless it gets stained, and the lace ones often don't need ironing.
If you read my post on hankies, you know that I love Madeira embroidery. Cocktail napkins can originate from many places. They can be home-made, and have lace on them, but mostly they have fun figural designs. I think roosters seem to be the most common, but many animals follow.
|These cocktail napkins have an applique rooster on them. Aren't they adorable!|
|These napkins are the most common to find. However finding a large set is very unusual.|
|These Madeira napkins have the original metal tag on them. Items with this tag indicate the highest quality embroidery from Madeira.|
|This rooster is very well done. I love the red.|
|Aren't these works of art! I love these figural napkins. |
Wouldn't you love to get these as a hostess gift!
|These appliqued animals are adorable. |
I would like 3 dozen, please!
|Can you see these in a summer party? On July 4, cherry red works for me!|
|These were cute in all the colors. The little reticella bird is adorable.|
|These look like Marghab napkins, but they are a knockoff. How can you tell? The quality-the embroidery is great on the fish, but the edging is frayed. That doesn't happen on Marghab. However a scissor trim would solve this.|
|These are handmade applique, aren't they cute!|
|Elegant Madeira grape embroidery.|
|These for sure should be a gift to an interior designer friend!|
The napkins above are harder to find than luncheon napkins. The sets below would make great gifts and work well as a hostess gift. Think of a dozen tied up with vintage ribbon.
|Fine Madeira embroidery.|
|Victorian eyelit embroidery|
|Fabulous set of a dozen cutwork napkins.|
|Cream Brussels lace edged napkins|
|Point de Venise lace with filet lace edge.|
|Really fun fringed napkins with great monogram|
|High quality fine monogram and embroidery|
|Fine yellow applique work.|
|Check out the wonderful quality--click on photo to enlarge.|
These are Madeira, of course.
|Fabulous lace coasters.|
|It's always fun when you find the original box. These are a nice simple design.|
|Awesome example of drawnwork. Each square is a little different.|
|Royal Society silk embroidery coasters are still fairly easy to find.|
|A stunning set of Marghab coasters like these would be an awesome gift.|
|You can always find a set of fingertip towels for $2 to $4 each.|
I hope you enjoyed this walk through antique linen! Wouldn't you love it if someone gave you a unique item like this as a hostess gift? I would!