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Family Register
about 1815
Embroiderer:Probably embroidered by Eliza Talcott , American, 1795 - 1829
Embroiderer:Possibly embroidered by Mary Talcott , American, 1806 - 1893
Original Owner:Originally owned by Samuel Talcott III , American, 1765 - 1839
Original Owner:Originally owned by Abigail Pantry Hooker , American, 1770 - 1854
Embroidery; silk thread on a plain-woven, undyed linen ground
Primary Dimensions: 13 7/8 x 12 3/8in. (35.2 x 31.4cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Mitchell
Description: Family register worked in black, medium green, cream and light brown silk threads on a plain-weave linen ground using cross over two threads and other stitches. The register is rectangular, oriented vertically. It is laid out with eight rows of three alphabets and the numbers 1 through 10, over nine rows of Talcott family details. Certain lines of alphabets are separated by straight horizontal lines. After the last alphabet, are one diamond, a crown, and a star. The register has a four-sided sawtooth border. The register has a 3/16-inch double-turned hem on the top and the sides, and a selvedge on the bottom. It is not framed or mounted. Letters and Numbers: There are three alphabets and the numbers 1-10. The letters are uppercase script in alphabet 1, uppercase block in alphabet 2, and lowercase block in alphabet 3. The letters J and U are present in all alphabets. Two letters are repeated twice in the second alphabet: AW. Each number "0" is diamond-shaped. Stitches: The principal stitch on the register is cross over two; it also includes cross (over one) and Algerian eye (over eight) stitches. Condition: The register has minimal fading. It is not framed or mounted.
Date Note: If the date of 1815 is correct, the embroiderer is most likely Mary Talcott. Mary would be a more approriate age for creating a needlework of this type. (DePauw 4/4/2014)
Object Number: 1989.159.1
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