Book cover

mid-17th century

Object Place: England


7 x 12.7 cm (2 3/4 x 5 in.); Legacy dimension: Covers: .127 x .07 Back: .127 x .025

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; embroidered with silk and metallic threads; woven silk ribbons

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: white satin. Design: on front and back cover, tree in the center, with border of flowers (roses, honeysuckle (?) and pansies). On back-binding four similar flowers. Worked with silk (greens, blues, yellows, pinks, and reds) and purl (gilded silver). Stitches: satin, couching, and French knots. Lined with yellow. Yellow silk pocket inside each cover. Cover and pockets stiffened with cardboard. Worn olive-green ribbon sewed to edge of back cover. Satin frayed at edges; lining edged.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel Cabot