about 1776
Phebe Abbot (American, born in 1766)

Object Place: United States


26.2 x 20 cm (10 5/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

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Linen plain weave embroidered with silk

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Natural colored, loosely woven coarse linen ground. Between bands of geometric ornament embroidered with terracotta, pink, yellow, light and dark green silk in cross stitch and a coarse vertical satin stitch, is an alphabet in capital letters. Below this, another band in cream and light blue, and the following: “Phebe Abbot/Born January 25.1766” worked in cross stitch in dark and light green and blue. Another band, then a lower case alphabet and numerals 1 to 9. Black silks rotted out in parts.


Bequest of Elizabeth Amis Cameron Blanchard to MFA, 1957

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Bequest of Elizabeth Amis Cameron Blanchard