EARLY 19TH C. CONNECTICUT QUILT
This very early quilt was found in Granby, Connecticut. It descended in the Viets / Ahrens family who resided in the Granby/ East Granby area for generations. The early printed fabric pieced to make the design is alternated with linen, The quilting thread is of homespun linen. The three piece backing is also of homespun linen which has been almost seamlessly joined with linen thread. The batting material is cotton. the measurements are approximately 90'X 90" with 20" drops. The span of time and amount of human energy that went into this remarkable piece is truly astounding!
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AMERICAN SAMPLER DATED 1801
Wrought in 1801 by 11 year old Sarah Cross, this sampler has bold design and bright colors as well as 2 charming verses. The addition of three birds worked into each side of the border is particularly nice! This sampler measures 19 3/4" X 17" including the frame. It is in a beautiful early burl veneer frame. The sampler is conservation framed with acid free materials. I believe this sampler is from Rockingham, New Hampshire.
DANVERS, MASSACHUSETTS SAMPLER
A sampler wrought by 11 year old Mary Fowler in 1804. The letters DM at the bottom of the needlework represent Mary's town of Danvers, Massachusetts. The sampler has great composition and color as well as a nice variety of stitching and pleasant verse. An interesting addition is the mystery name A.S.Blay sewn in thread that nearly matches the linen fabric.. Could this have been the name of Mary Fowler's teacher? The sampler measures 19 1/4" X 14 3/4" including the frame. It is in a beautiful early gold leaf frame . The sampler is conservation framed with acid free materials.
MAINE SAMPLER BY SARAH TIFFANY
A remarkably beautiful sampler worked in 1820 by 13 year old Sarah Tiffany born 1807 Sidney, Kennebec, Maine. Sarah married John Clifford.
This sampler has an amazingly beautiful vining grape motif tied as a garland over a basket of roses which is flanked by Sarah's initials "S.T.". Beneath that are several nicely worked sets of alphabet and needlework bands followed by Sarah's name and age and last of all a pleasant verse. regarding art and nature. This lovely sampler is in very good original condition and has been framed in an appropriate gold frame using acid free materials. The overall framed dimension is 16" X 14 1/4". The sight size is 12 1/2" X 10 5/8". An interesting group of ancestral papers accompanies this piece.
TWO 18TH c. SILK EMBROIDERED POCKET BOOKS
A pair of beautifully worked silk embroidered pocket books that were both made by the same young girl. They date to the mid 1700's. The larger example, which measures approx. 3 1/2" X 5 3/4", was lovingly made for her Papa. The interior of that one is also skillfully embroidered. The other smaller pocket book is of the style that would have been carried by a woman. This one may have been made for the young girl's mother or possibly for herself. Both examples are embroidered using the difficult queen stitch. they were found in a Southport, Connecticut estate. There is wear to some of the silk around the exterior edges of the larger example. The silk is sewn over a linen ground. some of the sequin decoration on the interior of the larger example is missing or loose. The smaller example, which measures approx. 5" X 3 1/2", miraculously retains its original ribbon closure which is barely hanging on. The interior compartments of both are in good original condition. Overall these early pocket books display beautifully. They have always been together and I just do not have the heart to split them up!!!
c. 1800 SILK EMBROIDERED PICTURE
This lovely silk embroidered picture was found in Eastern, Connecticut. It exhibits characteristics of work from several Connecticut schools. The scene within the fan or medallion shaped window is unusual in that it incorporates a tiny white center hall homestead at the left corner. This may be a depiction of the young girl's school or perhaps the residence of the homesick young schoolgirl responsible for this beautiful work. It is embroidered with a combination of chenille, silk and metallic threads. The large red house, sky and small white house are painted. the two women are painted, cut out and placed amid the embroidery. There is a section that was never completed, at the bottom of the fan. It would have consisted of palm leaves which you can see have been drawn in under the fan . The silk embroidery is housed in an early frame behind early glass that has been reverse painted. The silk was glued down quite a long time ago. It does not seem to have done harm to the piece. Sorry, but we could not get a photo without glare. The overall dimension including the early frame is 23 1/2" X 21 1/2".
CANTERBURY, NEW HAMPSHIRE SAMPLER
A spectacular sampler wrought in 1800 by 14 year old Mary Ames. Mary was born Jan 14, 1786 in Canterbury, NH. She was the daughter of David Ames and Phebe Hoyt. All are buried on a family cemetery near their house at Zion Hill in Canterbury. A family genealogy accompanies the piece. the sampler is mounted with acid free materials. The sight size is 14" X 11 1/4". There is one small area of loss to the linen in the center from when the piece was stored folded. A small piece of matching fabric laid behind the area makes the loss almost invisible. This sampler is in very good original condition otherwise. It retains strong vibrant colors. Mary's stitchery is flawless.
LESSONS STITCHED IN SILK SAMPLERS FROM THE CANTERBURY REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
This is a booklet from the 1990 exhibition Dartmouth College Hood Museum of Art. The exhibit was guest
curated by Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett. The book contains 20 pages and has illustrations both in color and black and white of samplers from the Canterbury, NH region.
POLLY (MARY) MUZZY'S SAMPLER SPENCER, MA
This is a colorful bright little sampler worked in 1805 by 10 year old Polly (AKA Mary) Muzzy of Spencer, Massachusetts. She was born Oct 23, 1795 to Jonas Muzzy and Abigail Lamb. Polly married Levi Woodward. The sampler is decorated with trees, and a basket of flowers. It includes examples of queen stitch and flame stitching. Unframed, the sampler measures approximately 7 1/2" X 10 1/4. It is framed in a period lemon gold frame and the sampler is mounted using acid free materials.
PHOEBE RYERSON'S SAMPLER BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
This sampler was worked in 1828 by P. Ryerson. A genealogical search backward from the most recent (Kissam Family) descendent revealed that P. Ryerson was Phoebe Ryerson of Brooklyn, New York. The Ryerson family came from Amsterdam in the 1600's and was therefore one of the early Dutch families to settle Brooklyn. An interesting feature of this sampler is the technique used to finish off the edges by binding them with green silk, something often done on samplers from Pennsylvania. It is in very good condition with one tiny break to the linen just to the left of the letter Y second line from the bottom. Not including the early gessoed and red painted frame, the sampler measures approximately 81/2" X 11 1/2". It is mounted using acid free materials. A family genealogy accompanies this piece.
SALLY E. LADD'S SAMPLER
A nice sampler worked in the 1820's by Sally E. Ladd probably of of Maine or Connecticut. The colors remain nice and bright on this sampler which features lines of letters separated by bands that use a variety of decorative stitching. Sally stitched her name at the bottom. The sampler is in excellent original condition. It measures approximately 8" X 121/2". It is mounted using acid free materials.
LEBANON, CONNECTICUT SAMPLER
A sampler wrought in 1831 by Cordelia Hayward of Lebanon, CT. She names her teacher as L. L. Scovell who is Lydia L. Scovell b. Jan 15, 1808. Cordelia was born April 4, 1821 in Lebanon, CT. She was the daughter of Caleb and Sally Hayward. The sampler is mounted using acid free material. It is in very good original condition with one tiny hole at the lower right and some age related toning and fading. It is a rare Lebanon , CT sampler with graphic detail and beautiful stitching. An almost identical sampler from Lebanon is included as fig. 87 in glee Kreuger's book titled New England Samplers to 1840.
HOOKED RUG WITH CALICO CAT
A hooked rug dating from the last quarter of the 19th century. It is boldly colored and depicts a beautiful Calico cat. Some scattered restoration has been done to the reds and background. It is mounted for display and is a lovely decorative piece!. The overall size is approximately 38 1/2" X 20 1/2".
LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY BONE AND IVORY PINCUSHION
A wonderful early pincushion attached at one end to a carved wand. It was meant to be tucked under the arm while working so that both hands would be free. I imagine it may have been used while pinning up a garment for hemming. It is beautifully carved and probably of Chinese origin c. 1800. It is 8 1/2 " long.
BONE SPOOL WITH TREAD HOLDER
A early and beautifully carved bone spool with a small knob at the top for holding the end of the thread. The spool measures 1 2/2" tall with a diameter of 1'". It is in excellent condition.
A PAIR OF BONE AND IVORY THREAD WINDERS
A difficult to find exact pair of bone and ivory thread winders with netting spools. They are most likely of Chinese origin and date to the early 1800's. They are both in excellent condition. The overall height is 3 1/2"
BONE THREAD WINDER WITH SPOOL CAGE
An early 19th century thread winder with spool cage. It is made of bone. It is in excellent original condition and measures 3 3/4" tall.
A GROUPING OF IRISH POINT LACE ITEMS
This group of beautiful Irish point lace is from Killarney, Ireland. It dates to the mid to late 19th century. It was found wrapped in a blue paper with a calligraphy note stating that is it Irish Point Lace worked & sold at the Convent of Mercy in Killarney. In 1854 the sisters started a school in St. David’s and a school on High Street. In 1861 an Orphanage for girls was opened.The Sisters went to work in the workhouse in 1867. In 1868 to provide employment for girls they started Irish Point Lace Industry. The industry proved successful. The group consists of three lace trimmed handkerchiefs and a large 4 1/2" deep collar that measures over 38" long when straightened. There are two matching pieces which must have been intended as cuffs. One is cylindrically formed and the other needs joining at the end. These are 15" long each and 2 3/4" deep. There is also a 46" length of lace that measures 9 1/2" deep. and lastly a small piece , wideer in the center and tapering at the ends. the length is 12 1/2". The depth at the center is 2". It is amazing to imagine something so intricate and fine being made by hand! All of the pieces are in very good condition. There are a couple of small breaks along the inner edge of the large collar.