Here is a lovely hand made roll keeper case for doily table linens. Dating from the Edwardian era, cases such as this were made to store freshly laundered linens and doilies. Always ready to be used, the linens would remain clean until needed.
The size of this roll suggest it was used to store smaller table cloths, short runners or center piece doilies. The construction of the roll consist of a cardboard tube, covered in fabric. Another length of cloth, hemmed with a blanket stitch edging, is attached to the covered roll. Simple with a needy purpose, don't you think?
The fabric of the roll is gorgeous, possibly a cream dimity or plisse weave, printed with bluebirds in flight surround with flowers in soft colors of rose pinks and tan. Edged in pink blanket stitch, it does make one think of spring.
Measurements: The diameter of the roll is 2-1/2". The length of the fabric attached to the roll is 30-3/4" long at the center. As the sides are tapered at the bottom hem, this measurement, along each side, is 26" long. Width of the fabric is 24" wide.
If you are a table linen doily collector, what a smart way to store those treasures. Or be creative and imaginative.