Half of a wide bed curtain

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


202.5 x 93.5 cm (79 3/4 x 36 13/16 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave, wool embroidery, linen plain weave tape, metal rings

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Crewelwork head or foot curtain (left half); white linen and cotton ground cloth; hem across top with linen tape binding and five metal curtain rings; polychrome wool embroidery with one and a half trees on narrow mounds across the bottom and deep flowering vine border along left side; narrow stems in stem stitch, thicker stems and shaded areas of mounds, flowers, leaves and berries in New England laid stitch (or Romanian couching); seed stitch filling in some flower centers and leaves; yellow flower centers in grid of stem stitching and couched threads; at least one flower with bullion stitching at center

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund