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Stump work. White satin ground. On the upper part of the frame is embroidered with colored silk and wire, a house, flowers, trees, the sun and birds. On each side of the frame is a canopy. Under one stands a king, under the other a queen. The crowns and the top of the queen's dress are trimmed...

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On the back of the mirror was pasted a piece of paper with the following inscription: This mirror was handed down seven generations since it was brought to N.E. in its quaint leather case, lined with pink silk, in 1633 by "Leverett", the father of J. L. Gov. of Mass. from 1671 to 78, the time of his death. There is a family tradition that the curious embroidered satin was wrought by "Mary, Queen of Scots". It is similar to one done by her in the Cluny Museum in Paris. This piece had traces of moths and buffalo bugs when given to the Museum.

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Gift of Mrs. Philip L. Saltonstall

English, 17th century


57 x 55 cm (22 7/16 x 21 5/8 in.); Legacy dimension: .55 x .57

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Medium or Technique

Silk; embroidery, stump work


Textiles and Fashion Arts