Skip Chalfant, West Chester, Pennsylvania; Vogel Collection no. 688.
This is likely a Pennsylvania German towel rack used to display decorative hand sewn and stitched show towels that were made by women of the household. For examples of Pennsylvania show towels see Beatrice B. Garvan, The Pennsylvania German Collection, (Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1982), p. 271-6, nos. 1-19.
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