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Stephen & Carol Huber:  Dealers in antique needlework samplers, silk embroidery, cross stitch, tapestries.

Fitch Hall coat of arms

Coat of Arms
Boston, MA c. 1770

This needlework coat of arms was worked at the Misses Cuming's school in Boston c.1770 by one of the daughters of Governor Thomas Fitch of Connecticut and his wife Hannah Hall. It was discovered by Captain Nicholas Johnson, of Newburyport, in the captain's cabin of a deserted ship off the coast of New England c.1773 and descended to his great-grand daughter Margaret W. Cushing who owned it c.1920 when it was photographed and included in Bolton & Coe. It was next documented, in 1937 in Boston, hanging top-center in a Coat of Arms exhibition, as pictured in Girlhood Embroidery by Betty Ring. Its whereabouts was unknown from 1937 until 1999 when it was rediscovered by Stephen and Carol in a privately owned Cushing house in Newburyport, MA.

Silk, metallic thread, and beads on black silk; 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches square sight.


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