Massachusetts early 19th century needlework family record and mourning sampler, silk on linen, worked by Elizabeth P. Grimes of Littleton, Mass. aged 12 years. Large floral vine border and base with landscape, birds, flower basket and trees. Nine named Grimes family members, dated 1782 to 1821 above verse including father Thaddeus, siblings Hiram, Eliab/Esab, Abagail and William. Text below reads "Mrs. Hannah Grimes died Jan. the 13th 1815. Fragrant is the recollection of friends the most delightful flowers shall be scattered / on their valuable remains and when we recal the sacred spot to mind the congenial / tear shall sparkle in the eye of sympathy and their virises shall embalmed in the warm bosoms of affections." Housed in an old ebonized and gilt wood frame, possibly original. Sight – 21-1/4" H x 17-1/8" W, Frame – 23-3/4" H x 19-1/2" W. Provenance: Estate of James J. Allen, Knoxville, TN. CONDITION: Overall areas of discoloration and staining, some losses of threads and scattered losses of linen ground, mostly along perimeter, upper right quadrant and 5 to 6 areas near center. Scattered wear and abrasions to frame.
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