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In classical Greece pieces of fine perfumed cotton, known as mouth or perspiration cloths, were often used by the wealthy. From the 1st cent. B.C., Roman men of rank used an oblong cloth of linen (the sudarium) chiefly to wipe perspiration from the face and hands. During the empire a square handkerchief of cotton or silk was carried, especially by women. The handkerchief was dropped by the praetors as a starting signal in the Roman games and was waved by spectators as a sign of approval. In the Middle Ages it was a prized possession and was conspicuously displayed by the wealthy. It was worn by knights in tournament as the symbol of a lady's favor. It came into general use in the Renaissance and was called a napkyn. Silk, cambric, and lawn, lavishly embroidered or laced, became fashionable for both men and women. Shapes were also varied. Today the handkerchief is more practical than decorative. Disposable paper handkerchiefs are used for all but very formal occasions. The handkerchief carried in the left hand of the officiating priest in the early Christian church evolved into a folded band that by the 12th cent. had become the maniple, worn on the left arm.
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She carried a bouquet of assorted white roses accompanied by an heirloom hankerchief belonging to her grandmother.
Complete the look with the hat and red hankerchief.
However, he definitely scores in producing Tommy's famous and hilarious array of magic tricks, ranging from his opening spoon in the jar and sword-swallowing to the dove in the hankerchief and the vanishing candle.
I say mother I received your most welcomed parcel which I had this morning and tell my dad that I thank him very much for the pipe and mother I thank you very much for the tobacco & very pleased indeed about the hankerchief that was just what I wanted.
The well-cut sports jacket, from the tailoring departments of Robb Bros or Allanson's, both at opposite ends of the old Birkenhead shopping high street of Grange Road, would be complemented by a breast pocket hankerchief and cravat Unimaginable now, this was a Britain with no fashion culture to provide unwelcome jolts to the habitual way males dressed.
A bordeaux-colored hankerchief headband pushes her long, wavy hair back to reveal faux silver frog earrings.
He brings a length of rope and a hankerchief too, "for a gag".
he asked as he handed me the hankerchief with which I would mop up the projectile tears of our other colourful colleague - and Ramon's nephew - Pilato.
Attached to the bouquet was an antique lace hankerchief that belonged to her maternal grandmother.
He was on the anti-internment march on Bloody Sunday in January, 1972 and is forever captured in the photograph showing local priest Fr Edward Daly waving a bloodied white hankerchief in front of men who are carrying the body of Jackie Duddy, aged only 17.
Last night, he looked especially cool in an all-black number contrasted with a white tie and hankerchief.