Martha M. Peck Sampler and Archive relating to the Peck family of New Haven, Connecticut. 1st item: Needlework sampler, silk threads on a green linsey-woolsey ground, 3 alphabets and a row of numbers over a verse, "Grant Me O God a heart to the inclin'd/ increase my faith and rectify my mind/ teach me betimes to read thy sacred ways/ and to thy service consecrate my days. Thin cross stitched border. Stained walnut frame. Signed Martha M. Peck wrought this sampler Feby 20 1808 aged 8 years. 13-1/2" x 11-1/2" sight, 17" x 15" framed. 2nd item: Beaded purse or reticule, made of opaque and glass beads with scene of a man tending animals in a pasture with a castle in the background on one side, the other side with a coach and horses traveling along a road with large manor house in the background. 7" x 5-1/2". 3rd item: Fragment of cotton fabric with handmade embroidered panel, 13" x 5" overall. 4th through 10th items: Small tintypes and early photographs of family members, identified on back, including Anna, Louise and Mary Peck. Provenance: descended in the family of Martha M. Peck, born 1799 to Ebenezer and Rebecca Peck of New Haven. Her father was commander of the sloop Wooster. She married Cornelius Hoogeboom, had five children, and died 1841 in New York. Condition: Sampler: some ground and thread losses, especially along fold lines and at right lower border, 1" hole at lower left side not affecting letters, other small losses to letter lines. Purse: Area of separation along top edge, scattered lost beads. Embroidered fragment: some losses and holes to embroidery. Photographs: scattered wear.
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