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Bed valance shaped along bottom edge; single piece of plain weave linen with selvedge across top edge embroidered with symmetrical flowering vine design across bottom with eight isolated flowers across top; most stems in outlined in stem stitch and filled in with herringbone stitch, most flowers...

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Labeled "Colonial Embroidery about 1725. A part of a set of bed curtains lent by Miss Nellie Wade (Historical Society, Ips. 1900)" Returned May 16, 1952, Relent Oct. 21, 1953, Returned July 15, 1957, Relent May 9, 1959, made a gift, June 9, 1959. 59.472-

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Jason Westerfield

Crewelwork embroidery

American, 18th Century, around 1725

Object Place

Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States


35 x 184 cm (13 3/4 x 72 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Arts