Three vintage antimacassars in beautiful cream linen with a lovely lacy edge.
Macassar oil was a hair oil used from the 19th century. Makassar is actually an Indonesian trading port where the raw ingredients for the oil - often coconut or palm oil - were gathered and shipped to Europe.
Antimacassars were pieces of fabric, often embroidered, used on the backs of chairs or sofas to protect them from hair oil. They remained popular into the Brylcreem age. I remember my Granny having them as well as protectors for the arms of the chairs too!
I think these could be incorporated into cushions or bags - if I ever get round to it!
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