Col­lec­tor in hunt for his­toric silk han­kies

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - STUART GREER

ACOLLECTOR is ap­peal­ing for help to boost her hoard of his­toric han­kies.

Brenda Mathews has spent more than 60 years build­ing up her col­lec­tion which sits at 4,500 orig­i­nat­ing from all over the world.

Her ob­ses­sion saw her fea­ture in the Ex­press 15 years ago when she suc­cess­fully ap­pealed for read­ers to help her trace a 1937 Coro­na­tion silk hanky woven and printed in Mac­cles­field.

But now, fol­low­ing her first visit to the town, Brenda, from West Sus­sex, is back on the hunt.

Dur­ing her tour of the Silk Mu­seum Brenda spot­ted ref­er­ences to a Silk Queen of the 1930s and be­lieves there may have been com­mem­o­ra­tive han­kies pro­duced at the time.

She said: “Some years ago I ac­quired a cot­ton hand­ker­chief printed with a por­trait of a Cot­ton Queen and now won­der whether a silk hanky was pro­duced each year show­ing the Silk Queen. If any­one knows I should love to hear from them.”

Since her first con­tact with the town in 2002, Brenda has amassed sev­eral silk han­kies, in­clud­ing a pris­tine Coro­na­tion 1937 sou­venir folded in the orig­i­nal box that pic­tured the Mayor and May­oress, and one pro­duced in 1961 for Mac­cles­field’s 700th Char­ter an­niver­sary.

She said: “I trea­sure them all. So as you can imag­ine, on our re­cent visit we were es­pe­cially keen to visit the Her­itage Cen­tre and then Park Lane Silk Mu­seum.

“What an amazing col­lec­tion of fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hibits and in­for­ma­tion that con­tains.

“We had a guided tour of Par­adise Mill and saw the orig­i­nal looms.

“Everyone we met was so friendly and help­ful and we re­ally en­joyed fol­low­ing the Town Her­itage Trail. It was a lovely stay in Mac­cles­field.”

If you can help Brenda with any in­for­ma­tion about Silk Queen han­kies or own one she could have, she can be con­tacted on 01444 243774 or bren­daM­math­ews@ gma i l . com.

Brenda Mathews with her col­lec­tion of han­kies

Mac­cles­field band Cas­sia

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