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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Boston house sampler - Huber

Boston house sampler from Stephen and Carol Huber

Hannah Clap
Needlework Sampler
Boston, MA dated 1807

Inscribed: Hannah Clap Aged 10 Boston 1807

Hannah, at age ten, worked this striking sampler featuring a grand two-story center hall house complete with a widow's walk, shutters on the windows, and a Palladian window over the front door. The house sits on a grassy knoll flanked by mirror image trees and fencing. A highly developed three sided flowering vine border encompasses several alphabets and a virtuous verse.

The background is glazed linen which is very rare.

Hannah Clapp was the daughter of Boston carpenter James Clapp (1770-1827) and Nancy Hassell (1761-1819). She married Daniel S. Harrington (c. 1796-1826) of Lexington in April 1821, and Luther Brooks (1800-1839) of East Cambridge on June 1, 1830.

Hannah also worked a beautiful embroidered and painted silk mourning picture that was in Betty Ring's collection. It is dated 1809 and depicts herself and her parents. (CLICK to see Hannah's embroidered memorial.)

Betty would love to have known about this newly discovered sampler.

Silk on glazed linen; 27" x 24" framed.


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