Textile fragments

possibly Indian, used in America
second half of the 18th century


Place of Manufacture: possibly Indian; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 44 x 18.2cm (17 5/16 x 7 3/16in.)

Accession Number

49.1025

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (moiré), linen plain weave backing, embroidered with linen and metallic threads

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Three pieces of embroidered white moiré sewn together; dense gold embroidered floral pattern on seeded ground pattern; three blue-green stripes in selvedges, sized linen backing, yellowed linen embroidery threads and evidence of original seams visible on reverse; may have been part of a man’s waistcoat

Inscription

Written in ink on label sewn to object: "Perhaps from a uniform of Governor Increase Sumner of Massachusetts 1796-7"

Provenance

Inherited by 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