Drawstring bag

American
1815–26
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 21 x 20.3 cm (8 1/4 x 8 in.)

Accession Number

49.992

Medium or Technique

Silk satin with silk embroidery and cords

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Dark blue drawstring bag with green cord drawstring handles with tassels, symmetrical floral embroidery at top in polychrome silk (pink rose blossoms and buds, and yellow and white blossoms on brown stems), rouched panel through center, self-piping at sides, gathers around tear-shaped wire or bow at bottom sides, light brown silk lining

Inscription

Written in ink on cloth label sewn inside object: "Mrs. B. Welles of Boston [Mehetable Sumner Welles (1784-1826)], Marked by her grandaughter G. W. Sagent 1906"

Provenance

Probably belonged to Mehetable Sumner Welles (1784-1826); Inherited by her granddaughter Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA, 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent