Logbook of items (a-c):
3 stitched handkerchiefs from piña fibers by the Tagalog
Original map/file (a-c):
3 stitched handkerchiefs from piña fibers by the Tagalog.
a) 42 x 42 cm
b) 47 x 42 cm (with stitchings)
c) 55 x 52 cm (with red pattern woven in & lace trimming)
She was the widow of J. C. Labhart who had died in Manila in 1887. As of yet, we know more of him than of her. Labhart was born in Steckborn, canton of Thurgau, in 1825. In 1846, he took employment with the Swiss trading company Gebrüder Tobler & Co. in Manila. Two years later, he became partner of the newly named Eugster, Labhart & Co. In his extensive obituary for J. C. Labhart, the Austrian scholar Ferdinand Blumentritt, close friend of José Rizal and other Filipino intellectuals of the burgeoning independence movement, stresses the eminent services to «our fatherland», that Labhart rendered to the Austro-Hungarian Empire as its longstanding Consul in the Philippines. He calls him an ingenious autodidact who published two articles in learned journals on Manila-hemp. Due to Labhart’s regular parcels with newspaper clippings and letters to Blumentritt, the latter writes on July 13, 1889: «Ich kann ruhig sagen, dass in der ganzen langen Reihe von Jahren, in denen ich mich des Verkehrs mit dem verewigten Freunde erfreute, ich durch ihn durch die geringsten Vorfälle im Archipel mit Sofortigkeit und Treue unterrichtet wurde.» [It is due to say that I was informed of the smallest incidents on the archipelago immediately and truthfully in this long course of years that I have been communicating with the hereby immortalized friend. Translated by Annette Hug]
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