Needlework Coat of Arms

Collection Type

  • Textiles

Date

1769

GUSN

GUSN-50515

Description

This embroidered polychrome Cheever family coat of arms depicts a helmet with a stag's head crest couped. Feather scrolls surround the shield with one rosette at lower left and two at upper right.The shield is elaborately worked and divided by a saw-toothed diagonal line into fields of silver and green. This armorial crest is typical of the work of John and Samuel Gore. Worked in silk and metallic threads on a black silk satin ground, the crest retains its original mahogany frame.

Details

Descriptive Terms

needlework (visual works)
silk (fiber)
Needlework
Needlework

Inscription

"M C 1769" (maker's initials and date)
"James R. Bayley" (front) (calling card)
"Architect - James R. Bayley - Repairing Coat of Arms for Abigail Quincy Gray --/ Lookers on - Mrs. Bancroft/ daughters Martha & Susan - Mrs. Bancroft reading in the rocking chair." (Engraved)

Maker

Attributed to Cheever, Mary (Embroiderer)
Attributed to The Misses Cuming School

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

24 x 24 1/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Miss Amelia Peabody

Accession Number

1985.660

Date

1769 (inscribed)

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)