Petticoat border

Bed valance or embroidered band
Crewelwork embroidery
Part of a bed curtain

mid 18th century

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 21.5 x 225cm (8 7/16 x 88 9/16in.) Other (Warp dimension): 21.5cm (8 7/16in.) Other (Weft dimension): 225cm (88 9/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Linen embroidered with wool in floral motifs with a seated female figure in 18th-century dress with lamb on lap in center; mostly Roumanian couching stitch used for solid areas; stem stitch used for stems, vines and outlines; possibly back stitch used for stippling on bird and center of large blue flower on right; bullion stitch or French knots used for fleece of lamb; possibly fern stitch used for leaves of thin trees


Lent by Miss Martha C. Codman, Feb. 1, 1922. "From Mrs. Huntington Smith, née Anna Harris." The lender

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Maxim Karolik