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Thread: Can you tell me what this is?

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    Senior Member ncredbird's Avatar
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    No picture just a description. I have a vintage linen from my MIL's estate. It is made in France, white cotton muslin tube, 8' long and 16.5" wide. It has cotton eyelet lace on both ends and is open (not sewn shut) on the ends (16.5" sides). I originally thought it was a really long pillow case but NOT. I have no idea what this is but am curious. Any ideas? Ann in TN

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    A scarf? shawl? maybe....

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    Is it a place to store bed pillows in when not in use during the day, or maybe a bed runner? I have some similar that are not tubes from my Italian GM that just laid over the pillows (part of her wedding linens)

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    Could it be a bolster cover?

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    My Grandmother use to have them. She would put a long pillow in it and then tie each end with a ribbon. They lay it on her bed during the day.

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    It's called "traversin". Not sure of the name in English. A long bolster maybe? LOL

    http://www.google.ca/search?q=traver...ls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1680&bih=855

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    At home we used them in babies cribs. Put one on each side to prevent
    the baby from getting caught in those bars or just to keep comfy. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncredbird
    No picture just a description. I have a vintage linen from my MIL's estate. It is made in France, white cotton muslin tube, 8' long and 16.5" wide. It has cotton eyelet lace on both ends and is open (not sewn shut) on the ends (16.5" sides). I originally thought it was a really long pillow case but NOT. I have no idea what this is but am curious. Any ideas? Ann in TN
    why do you say it's not a long pillow case------------most likely called a bolster rather than a pillow case.

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    Senior Member ncredbird's Avatar
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    I just assumed that because it has no closed end that it was not a pillowcase. Also my pillowcases are quite a bit wider than this. A standard pillow would have to be scrunched up quite a bit to get it in there. I could see it being the item that is tied closed with ribbon. Then it would make some sense but it's long side is still wider than our king sized bed, and I don't think they had king sized beds when this was made. Ann in TN

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    What a neat idea. I think I will make a quilted one for the top of my bed and prop the smaller ones against it. Sound cool!

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