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Needlework Coat of Arms

1991.1285.1 (RS21183)

Description

Framed needlework coat of arms of the Little family. Worked on golden (off-white) silk ground; shows shield with a cross, profiled helmet above, crest of head with crossed palms/stalks by the inscription- in the manner of John Coles Sr. under reverse-painted glass with a black and gold edge; in original gessoed and gilded wooden frame. The family inscription reads "BY THE/NAME OF/LITTLE". Colors include:gold, red, 2 blues, and brown. Needlework on satin.

Details

Maker
Little, Abigail, 1787-1871 (Maker)
Date
ca. 1801
Inscriptions
Typed on a NFL jelly label on the reverse of the frame: Wrought by/Abigail Little/of Newburyport/at Bradford/Academy about/1800 . On a brass plaque reads: LITTLE COAT OF ARMS/WORKED BY/ABIGAIL LITTLE 1787-1871 . In ink on a paper backing, giving decent of Abigail from George and Alice (Poor) Little of Newbury. George Little D.1693 Alice Poor Moses Little B.1657 D.1691 Lydia Coffin Moses Little B.1691 D.1780 M.1716 Sarah Jaques Moses Little B.1724 D.1798 M.1743 AbigailBailey Moses Little B.1767 D.1857 M.1786 Eliz. Dummer Abigail Little B.1787 D.1871
Location of origin
Newburyport, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
brass (alloy)
gesso
gilding
glass (material)
reverse painting on glass (image-making)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
brass (alloy)
coats of arms
Embroidered
gesso
Gilded
gilding
glass (material)
heraldry
needlework (visual works)
Picture, Needlework
Reverse Painted
reverse painting on glass (image-making)
Silk
wood (plant material)
People and organizations
Mr. Moses Little
Mrs. Elizabeth Dummer Little
Dimensions
20 1/4 x 16 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1285.1
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
11028

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