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Of rectangular form, patterned with a house flanked by flowers and two trees, flowerheads at the corners and above and below the house. It is worked in a polychrome wool, on a abrashed brown, black ground, with a narrow blue border an a foundation an old fire bag.
When the Littles began collecting, hooked rugs were believed to be appropriately ancient. In fact, as Nina later learned, most were made in the late nineteenth century. Even so, she was pleased to note that fifty years after she had collected a number of them, they still give comfort to the feet and pleasure to the eye. This is one of the first hooked rugs the Littles purchased, bought in Marblehead, Massachusetts, in 1938.
Stenciled on the back on the linen foundation of an old fire bag, is written: JDP .
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
33 x 58 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little