Narrow Bed Curtain

Part of set of bed hangings
Crewelwork embroidery

American, probably Boston
second quarter of the 18th century

Object Place: probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States, New England


Overall: 86.4 x 218.4 cm (34 x 86 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton twill with wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Narrow curtain from set of crewelwork bed hangings; white fustian ground with wool embroidery in flowering vine or tree pattern; New England laid stitch used for thick red, brown, and yellow stems and large leaves and flowers; stem stitch used for thinner stems; herringbone stitch used for smaller leaves, tulips, and buds; some flowers and leaves outlined in stem or chain stitches with cross or link stitches in center; blue, yellow, pink, red, and green bird with two cherries in beak made in satin stitch; part of top pieced with modern cotton; six rust spots across top


Inherited by Samuel Bradstreet; Gift to the MFA, 1919

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Bradstreet