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Nineteenth Century Maine Needlework Sampler &
Silhouette Wrought by Rebecca H. Nixon, AE 8
Silhouette Attributed to James Holsey Whitcomb,
a Deaf-Mute of Hancock, New Hampshire.


Nineteenth Century Maine Needlework Sampler & Silhouette Wrought by Rebecca H. Nixon, AE 8 Silhouette Attributed to James Holsey Whitcomb, a Deaf-Mute of Hancock, New Hampshire., silhouette

Measurement: Sampler view area is 17” x 13”, overall, 18” x 14” . Silhouette view area
is 5” x 3-3/4” , overall, 7” x 5-1/2” in the original mahogany veneer frame.

Material: Silk on linen; the silhouette… hollow cut & fine inkwork detail assigned to
Whitcomb’s hand.

Condition: The sampler remains in very good condition and is mounted within a late
walnut veneered frame. Silhouette is in very good original condition with minor veneer
losses as depicted which we can have corrected.

Additional Information: The lot includes an early 19th century marking sampler within
floral vine border having three bowknots centering eleven alpha numeric rows below
which is embroidered “Wrought by Rebecca H Hixon Age 8”. The sampler is
accompanied by a sweet silhouette identifying Rebecca H Hixon which is confidently
attributed to James Holsey Whitcomb, a deaf-mute of Hancock, New Hampshire. The
hollow cut silhouette features finely inked details including lace collar or fichu having a
pattern and tied with bowknot. On the verso is found a family note from 1978 indicating
family history which includes Rebecca Nixon’ s relation to one of the most famous
female legislators ever in the history of our country, Mrs. Margaret Chase Smith of
Skowhegan, Maine.

Reference: For additional information see an illustrated article by Donna-Belle Garvin
entitled "James Holsey Whitcomb: New Hampshire Silhouettist" from the Historical New
Hampshire periodical (Spring/Summer 1977).

$2,950.00

(1310-52) PTXXB


Nineteenth Century Maine Needlework Sampler & Silhouette Wrought by Rebecca H. Nixon, AE 8 Silhouette Attributed to James Holsey Whitcomb, a Deaf-Mute of Hancock, New Hampshire., sampler

Nineteenth Century Maine Needlework Sampler & Silhouette Wrought by Rebecca H. Nixon, AE 8 Silhouette Attributed to James Holsey Whitcomb, a Deaf-Mute of Hancock, New Hampshire., sampler back

Nineteenth Century Maine Needlework Sampler & Silhouette Wrought by Rebecca H. Nixon, AE 8 Silhouette Attributed to James Holsey Whitcomb, a Deaf-Mute of Hancock, New Hampshire., silhouette back



Needlework Sampler Wrought by Boston BOY, Very Few by Boys Extant
“Wrought in the year 1856 by George Nichols Lincoln Aged Twelve Years”
Date/Period: 1846 - SOLD


Needlework Sampler Wrought by Boston BOY, Very Few by Boys Extant “Wrought in the year 1856 by George Nichols Lincoln Aged Twelve Years”, entire view

Measurement: Width: 16.5”, height: 17”

Material: Floss on linen

Condition: Excellent, appears to have originally not been framed

Additional Information: In extremely few cases were both sexes participating in
knitting, sewing, and sampler-making instruction. Master Lincoln wrought five alphabets
and “George Washington Born Feb. 22 . 1732 .” above verse and his identifying
line…beneath is found stitched vignettes. Pinned to the sampler was found a note in
nineteenth century script: “Worked by my brother George and given to me by my Mother
10 yrs before her death. Marg.”

SOLD

223-23


Needlework Sampler Wrought by Boston BOY, Very Few by Boys Extant “Wrought in the year 1856 by George Nichols Lincoln Aged Twelve Years”, close up view

Needlework Sampler Wrought by Boston BOY, Very Few by Boys Extant “Wrought in the year 1856 by George Nichols Lincoln Aged Twelve Years”, top half detail

Needlework Sampler Wrought by Boston BOY, Very Few by Boys Extant “Wrought in the year 1856 by George Nichols Lincoln Aged Twelve Years”, bottom half detail

Needlework Sampler Wrought by Boston BOY, Very Few by Boys Extant “Wrought in the year 1856 by George Nichols Lincoln Aged Twelve Years”, tag detail



Nineteenth Century Needlework Sampler, Mary Miller, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Date/Period: Circa 1820


Nineteenth Century Needlework Sampler, Mary Miller, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, entire view

Measurement: Frame: 19.75" x 14"; view: 11.75" x 17"

Material: Silk on linen

Condition: Excellent

Additional Information: Wrought at the bottom is a prominent bright pink, three-story
center-hall house depicted with a hand pump well beside the front walkway. This
charming little house sampler has never-before been framed which accounts for its bold
colors. The flowering vine band across the top is followed with several alphabets.
Above a pink heart with flowers Mary included her name and her “dwelling place” with a
classic verse found on samplers from New England to southern US, and in the UK. It
begins with, “Mary Miller is my name and Lancaster county is my dwelling place” ending
with: “When this you see remember me Else I shall be forgotten”.

$4,850.00

324-75


Nineteenth Century Needlework Sampler, Mary Miller, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, detail view 2

Nineteenth Century Needlework Sampler, Mary Miller, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, detail view 3

Nineteenth Century Needlework Sampler, Mary Miller, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, back view



Early American Band Sampler, Boston, Margaret Allen, Born June 21, 1721
Massachusetts
Date/Period: Circa 1730


Early American Band Sampler, Boston, Margaret Allen, Born June 21, 1721 Massachusetts, entire view

Measurement: Frame: 13" x 9.5"; view: 11.5" x 8"

Material: Silk on linen

Condition: Excellent

Additional Information: A rare early American band sampler worked by Margaret Allen
probably around age 9 or 10. It is inscribed: MARGARET ALLEN BORN IVNE (JUNE)
20 1721. The alphabets use I for J and V is also used for the letter U. The sampler
consists of several intricately stitched bands and flowering vine motifs enhance the
bottom section. Margaret was born 300 years ago in Reading, Massachusetts an area
in the north part of Boston Township to Joseph Allen and Margaret Swayne. Margaret,
the sampler maker, at age 22 married a sea captain William McHard; lived in Newbury,
later Newburyport, Massachusetts. They had 10 children. She died in Newburyport at
age 51.

$4,200.00

324-74


Early American Band Sampler, Boston, Margaret Allen, Born June 21, 1721 Massachusetts, back view



Sampler, Plattsburg, New York, 1828, Della Ann Holcomb
Date/Period: 1828


Sampler, Plattsburg, New York, 1828, Della Ann Holcomb, entire view

Measurement: Frame: 17" x 18.75"; view: 16" x 17.75"

Material: Silk on linen

Condition: Very good, strong color, one small stain in 1st & 2nd line of verse

Additional Information: Floral border centering neatly compartmentalized alphabets,
verse, and potted plants. Wrought by Della Ann Holcomb – aged 9

$895.00

331-13


Sampler, Plattsburg, New York, 1828, Della Ann Holcomb, detail view 1

Sampler, Plattsburg, New York, 1828, Della Ann Holcomb, detail view 2

Sampler, Plattsburg, New York, 1828, Della Ann Holcomb, back view



Antique House Sampler, Embroidery, Likely Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1807 Sarah Toppan Raboteau, Age 9, 1807


Antique House Sampler, Embroidery, Likely Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1807
Sarah Toppan Raboteau, Age 9, 1807, entire view

A three and one-half story twin chimney grand house within fenced garden of trees
displaying five birds; brick walled front garden…the diamond pattern front walk displays
substantial thread loss. (Frame: 22 x 23"; view: 20 x 21")

Wrought by Sarah Toppan Raboteau age 9; Birth; 28 May 1798 Newburyport

Mother: Abigail Raboteau

Father: Sea Captain; Charles Cornelius Raboteau


Antique House Sampler, Embroidery, Likely Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1807
Sarah Toppan Raboteau, Age 9, 1807, detail view 1

Antique House Sampler, Embroidery, Likely Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1807
Sarah Toppan Raboteau, Age 9, 1807, detail view 2

Antique House Sampler, Embroidery, Likely Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1807
Sarah Toppan Raboteau, Age 9, 1807, detail view 3

Antique House Sampler, Embroidery, Likely Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1807
Sarah Toppan Raboteau, Age 9, 1807, back view

$4,250.00

1039-55




Antique Needlework Marking Sampler, Elizabeth King, Deerfield, 1837
Silk on linen


Antique Needlework Marking Sampler, Elizabeth King, Deerfield, 1837
Silk on linen, entire view

Elizabeth King / Deerfield / 1837 within wreath, basket of flowers and floral sprig above
four alphabets…above basket of fruits and twin chimney house within fenced landscape
all within zigzag border. (excellent original condition with only typical fading;
frame: 14.5" x 9.5"; view: 13.25"; x 8.25")


Antique Needlework Marking Sampler, Elizabeth King, Deerfield, 1837
Silk on linen, detail 1

Antique Needlework Marking Sampler, Elizabeth King, Deerfield, 1837
Silk on linen, detail 2

Antique Needlework Marking Sampler, Elizabeth King, Deerfield, 1837
Silk on linen, detail 3

Antique Needlework Marking Sampler, Elizabeth King, Deerfield, 1837
Silk on linen, detail 4

Antique Needlework Marking Sampler, Elizabeth King, Deerfield, 1837
Silk on linen, back view

$425.00

1002-298




Sampler, Marking Sampler, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Alphabets, Numerals, Verse
Eliza Robbins / Aged 10 Years / October 14, 1833
Bethlehem / July 31 / 1823


Antique Sampler, Marking Sampler, Eliza Robbins, 1833, entire view

(Fading, light water stain at mid right edge; modern frame: 19.25 by 18.25", sight-size: 17.5 by 16.5")

$1,450

232-307


Antique Sampler, Marking Sampler, Eliza Robbins, 1833, with ruler for scale


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