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Six Shaker Textiles and a Bundle of Flax

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Discovery - 2918T
Date / Time :
August 09, 2016 10:00AM


Six Shaker Textiles and a Bundle of Flax, including a scarf of fine white linen with six stripes of duplicate threads forming a border on four sides, 3/4-in. piece added to one side, embroidered "T.W." in blue cross-stitch in center, 1/8-in. high, (two fine early repairs, two small stains, one small hole), "T.W." probably Tabitha Williams, admitted to the Church at Canterbury, New Hampshire, December 11, 1792, ht. 32 1/4, wd. 32; a silk neckerchief, plain weave, double thread border of light lines on all four sides, hand-sewn hem, ht. 35 1/4, wd. 35; an undyed linen, 3/8-in. deep hem, hand-sewn at ends, ht. 36 3/4, lg. 72; a sheer linen panel pieced from three strips sewn together lengthwise with a fourth strip attached along one end, hemmed on all four sides, seams are all flat-felled, (scattered holes, brown spots), an attached handwritten tag reads, "Bolting used in Shaker Grist Mill when making Flour. After wheat was ground the last sifting was through this material which left a fine white flour.," lg. 26 3/8, wd. 16 1/4; a cotton scarf of fine undyed cotton, border on four sides of fourteen small stripes of duplicate threads of same color, on right edge, 1 1/2-in. width of entire border pattern is a separate piece which has been sewn onto main portion, "C" in center in blue, 1/4-in. high, in running stitches, (a few scattered slight stains and a very small hole near the "C"), ht. 37 3/4, wd. 37 1/4; a fine linen scarf with border on all four sides, one side with 3/4-in. wide piece added, border consists of duplicate threads in five rows, two thick lines, one thin, two thick, "RA" in center in black cross-stitch, (approx. 3 x 1/2-in. rust stain near one edge), ht. 34 3/4, wd. 35 1/4 in.; the flax bundle composed of linen threads, which were probably originally formed into a skein.
Estimate $300-500

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Tabitha Williams, Cross-stitch, Embroidery, Flax, Hem, Linen, Seam, Sewing, Stitch, Canterbury