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Tablecloth

Description

Hand-woven linen tablecloth, of rectangular form, comprised of two off white pieces sewn together at the center. It is woven with a small diamond pattern overall. It has two salvage ends and two hand-hemmed ends bearing initials in golden-brown cross-stitch at one end.

Details

Maker
Hobbs, Olive Curtis (Maker)
Date
1835-1850
Inscriptions
Embroidered in the middle of one edge are the initials: O.H. A handwritten note pinned on the cloth read: In Kennebunkport,/About 1810 or so,/Olive Curtis and sisters/Charity and Eunice were/deprived by death of their ship/captain father and later/of their mother. The/three little girls were raised by the Shakers/(Alfred, Maine?). Olive/left to marry Jonathan/Hobbs, and her sister Charity/to marry a Dummer. So/O.H. was my mother's Grandmother.
Location of origin
Ipswich, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
embroidering
hand weaving
linen (material)
Object type
Food Service T&E
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Diamond
Embroidered
embroidering
hand weaving
Linen
linen (material)
lozenges
table linens
TABLECLOTH
tablecloths
Woven
Dimensions
79 x 52 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1730
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
11531

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