Victorian Mantel Scarves

They still make Victorian mantel scarves.

Victorian mantel scarf.

The proper Victorian parlor mantel would not have been caught unclothed. Maybe you’ve seen mantel scarves sold near the tree skirts at Christmas; but during the 19th century, the mantelshelf would have been fitted with a cloth or lace topper year-round.

The scarf is centered with its flat side abutting the wall. At the front, the scarf is tailored to fit the shelf or may drape with scallops, fringe, or tassels. A drop or swag usually hangs down at each end.

For period designs, turn to the Victorian Fireplace Shop, a full-service supplier of fireplaces, inserts (gas and electric), mantels, and accessories. The ‘Heirloom’ lace pattern is shown here; ‘Chantilly’ is a floral design set inside squares on a diagonal. Other motifs include leaves, tea roses, snowflakes, and pinecones. Sizes vary, and most scarves come in white and ecru. Prices range from $18 to $45. Victorian Fireplace Shop, (804) 355-1688.


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By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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