Wendell and Oliver coat of arms

about 1750
Probably designed by Thomas Johnston (American, 1708–1767)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


36 x 37 cm (14 3/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk and wool, pigment

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Coat of arms of Wendell impaling Oliver. Linen plain weave embroidered with wool and silk in tent stitch. Small painted area on dexter side showing crossed anchors (later addition). Shades of red, pink, brown, yellow, gold and white with touches of blue. Embroidered in wool yarns under the coat of arms with the names of WENDELL AND OLIVER. Areas where wools have deteriorated along edges. Orignally framed and glazed, now unmounted.


Probably worked by a daughter of Jacob Wendell (1691-1761) and Sarah Oliver (1696-1762); descended in family of their brother, Oliver Wendell (b. 1733) to his grandson Oliver Wendell Holmes; bequest of Mrs Edward Jackson Holmes

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes