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By the 1880's terminology began to be more consistent and one will find that the term "Linen Sham" was used for pillow covers (pillowcases) with a secure closure. The closure were usually mother of pearl buttons but could also be a folded over flap rather like an envelope. Then there were the "Pillowcase or Pillow Slip", these are usually open at one or both ends. They are closed with either ribbons or ties. Then finally there is the "Layover Sham" this is pillow cover without a back and often very ornate and would be laid over the pillow itself as a form of decoration – often a spectacular monogram would be the central feature.

Metis is another term that one often finds when in France sourcing linen sheets, pillowcases and napkins and also to be found in the merchandising catalogues of the turn of the century. The term Metis means that the fabric is a mix - normally of equal measures of cotton and linen.

Monograms were added to reflect either the initials of the husband or that of the lady of the house. These were embroidered as part of a dowry - a legacy of linens passed down from family to family or newly created to mark a marriage in the offing. The monograms may well have been embroidered by the betrothed lady herself or have been ordered from an "embroidery house" where they would be commissioned for the family or an occasion. Bed linens would often have corn or grapes within the designs to evoke traditional emblems of fertility and prosperity and hope. The emphasis always was to create a sense of beauty, elegance and style in a room where one will start and end each day.

Take a look at the other pages of this web site to find Monogrammed Sheets, Napkins and Tablecloths.

 
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  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Fine AC Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS001 $80
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Ornate BR Monogram Cotton/Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS002 $60
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Superb LG Monogram Cotton/Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS003 $95
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Collectors Quality MT Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS004 $95
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Lovely MM Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham
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  1 PS005 $95
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Charming UB Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS006 $70
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Delightful UB Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS007 $75
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Collectors' Quality EJ Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   2 PS008 $450
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Detailed MR Monogram Cotton/Linen Pillow Sham   2 PS009 $250
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Delightful JB Monogram Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS010 $175
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Fuchsia Flowers with GP Monogram 100% Cotton Pillow Sham   1 PS011 $125
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Berries with LV Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS012 $200
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Gorgeous GL Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS013 $265
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Delightful CM Monogram Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS014 $173
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Charming GV Monogram Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS015 $175
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Fushia Flowers and CL Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS016 $223
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Art Deco PG Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS017 $195
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Regal M Monogram 100% Cotton Pillowcase   1 PS018 $35
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   1940's Pair HSN Monogram 100% Linen Pillowcase   2 PS019 $312
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Iris Embroidery with VD Monogram 100% Linen Pillow Sham   1 PS020 $255
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Fuchsia Flowers and GC Monogram (matching sheet SH019) 100%   1 PS021 $189
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Darling GY Monogram with Flowers and Hovering Bee 100% Linen   1 PS022 $130
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Beautiful BB Monogram with Flowers and Leaves 100% Linen   1 PS023 $120
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Extravagantly Floral JV Monogram with Flowers and Leaves 100% Linen   1 PS024 $140
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Luxuriant LP Monogram with Fuchsia Flowers and Leaves 100% Linen   1 PS025 $150
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Grape Leaves with LC Monogram 100% Linen   1 PS026 $150
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Collectors Quality ME or EM Monogram Art Deco with beaded filigree 100% Linen   1 PS027 $150
 
 
 
 
 
  Linen pillowcase sample thumbnail   Museum Quality R Monogram Lay Over Sham 100% Linen   1 PS028 $200
 
 
 
 
 
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