Tester (or head cloth)

Crewelwork embroidery
Part of an incomplete set of bed hangings

American (New England)
around 1730–1740
Worked by Elizabeth Parsons (Fogg) (American, 1718–1779)

Place of Use: Kensington, New Hampshire, United States; Object Place: Salisbury, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 173.4 x 159.4 cm (68 1/4 x 62 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave, wool embroidery

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Crewelwork tester for bed; ground cloth consists of three pieces of white linen and cotton ground (linen warp, cotton weft) with vertical abutting seams; polychrome wool embroidery in with symmetrical floral design around all four sides, vase of flowers at center top and large tree with berries on mound flanked by two smaller trees at center bottom; mostly New England laid stitch (or Roumanian couching) with stem stitch stems, and other areas in satin, bullion, and seed stitching

Credit Line

Special Textile Fund