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December 2,2023: Premier Americana - Day Two

Sat, Dec 2, 2023 09:00AM EST
  • Samplers
Lot 2409

MIDDLESEX CO., MASSACHUSETTS NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER

Estimate: $500 - $800
Sold for
$312.50
Sold Price includes BP

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MIDDLESEX CO., MASSACHUSETTS NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER, silk on linen, unfinished, center with two and one-third alphabet rows above three floral motifs and a four-line verse, lower half unfinished with "Old folks Go" text, three sides with an unfinished sawtooth frame, below signed "Nanc Greens Work in the / Thirteenth Year of her Age" within a scrolling flower vine cartouche, wide border along three sides featuring arcaded chain of squares with floral and/or berry motifs, all encompassed by a linear outer border. Unframed, mounted on fabric with interior mat. Late 18th/early 19th century, or possibly later. 18 1/4" x 20 3/4 object.
Literature: For similar Middlesex Co., MA samplers, see Ring - Girlhood Embroidery, Vol. I, pp. 77-78, figs. 75 and 76.
Catalogue Note: This present example exhibits typical style of a group of samplers made in Middlesex Co., MA from around 1790 to at least 1805, though occasionally were made later. The National Museum of American History in Washington, DC has an 1803 example (ID number 1980.0849.01) by Sukey Foster that features the same four-line verse in the center as well as a similar wide outer border.
The maker's name is likely supposed to be Nancy Green, whose identity is not certain. Potential Middlesex Co. candidates include Nancy Green (Lawrence) (c. 1784-1876) of Waltham, MA, and Nancy Richardson Green (1816-1872) of Carlisle, MA if the sampler dates later.

Condition

Very good overall condition with linen having some light toning and a few scattered stains, a few small holes, some scattered minor breaks and losses to thread, lower half of wide border on both sides having possible later pink thread on top of original light-colored thread.

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From the collection of Glee Krueger.