Tablecloth

Collection Type

  • Textiles

Date

1835-1850

GUSN

GUSN-11531

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

Descriptive Terms

tablecloths
table linens
embroidering
hand weaving
linen (material)
lozenges
Linen
Woven
Embroidered
Diamond
TABLECLOTH

Inscription

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.

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Hobbs, Olive Curtis (Maker)

Location of Origin

Ipswich, MA, USA

Dimensions

79 x 52 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1730

Places

Massachusetts (United States)