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8 to 10
2...0 21.0 3...0 31.0 4...0 5...0 8...0
1 to 3
Common table cloth.......
24.0 2.0 21.0 11.0 11.0 2...0 21.0 14.0 11.0 2...0 21.0
8s. to 20s. 10s, to 258. 18s. to 40s. 2ls. to 60s. 30s. to 40s. 80s, to 120s. 80s. to 160s. 2s. 9d. to 4s. 3s. 6d. to 5s.6d 48, 6d. to 10s.
6s. to 12s. Is, 6d. to 2s.6d
2s. to 3s. 2s.6d. to 3s.6d
38. 6d. 18s. to 60s. per dozen. 12s. to 24s. per dozen. 6 s. to 12s. Prices too variable to notify.
3 to 6 doz.
3 to 6 doz. Breakfast napkins 3 to 6 doz. Doyleys ...... 6 to 12 doz. Large tray cloths 6 to 12 doz. Small ditto
These are of different sizes and qualities, which are regulated by the size of the bed, and other circumstances.
Gentleman's families generally have three and sometimes more qualities of sheeting. The finest and best for the spare beds; the second quality for the general use of the family; and the third, of a commoner kind for servants; where there are several children, it is good economy to have bed linen of an intermediate quality, for their use.
For those families who are in the habit of going periodically to the sea-side, it is a good plan to have calico sheets for the express purpose, for several reasons; in the first place, they take much less room than the linen in packing; secondly, if lost during the journey, they, not being of such value as linen, it will not be of so much importance; and thirdly, as very indifferent washerwomen are usually met with at watering or sea-bathing places, it would be a pity that linen sheets should run the risk of being badly washed or discoloured.
Invalids, infants, and young children should have sheets and pillow-cases of fine calico, as they are warmer and considered more wholesome, especially in hot weather, when persons are liable to perspire.
Sheets should, if possible, be of such a width as to avoid a seam in the middle, but they seldom can be procured of more than two yards and three quarters wide, which size, though wide enough for a good double family bed, is still rather within that usually adopted for spare beds.
In making up, if they are in two breadths, sew them together firmly, but with neat small stitches, the ends are turned down, as if for hemming, but they are sewed in the same manner as the tops of shifts.
Sheets should be marked at the corner with the initials of the master of the house alone, or with those of the master and mistress, with the set to which it belongs, the number and the date, for instance:
H. M. S.
..38 Signifies Henry and Mary Saville, family sheets, the 4th pair, 1838. B may be put for the best sheets, F for family, S for servants.
The stock of sheets should depend on the number of beds, allowing, upon an average, either three sheets or two pair for each bed.
When worn in the middle, sheets should be turned, that is, unpicked down the seam, and the two outer selvages sewn together, so that the inner selvages thus become the outer, and the sheet is equally
Best sheeting, four yards wide, costs per yard................ 6s. 6d. to 8s.
2s. 9d. to 4s.