1769 Stonington Connecticut Sampler

Value (2009) | $25,000 Insurance$30,000 Insurance

It was a wedding gift from my father-in-law, Fred. My husband and I were married about 18 years ago. He had this restored and framed, and about two, three months after we were married, he presented this to us as a gift.

Now, did you know about it beforehand?

I knew nothing about it. Neither did my husband. I do know that it hung in my father-in-law's family home in Healdsburg, California, just on the wall with little pins. And he remembers it being in that living room his entire life growing up.

It is beautifully framed. It's not a period frame, but this is the way we like to see them-- floating, not constrained, not pressed up against the glass. You brought it over and I said, "Do you know the history at all?" And you didn't, but we got on the phone with Fred and Fred gave us some help on that and he said that as far as he knows, this comes out of Stonington, Connecticut. It's very, very early. It's not easy to see because we have a little fading here, but over in here it says 1769. That's really early for most needlework. It's not that we don’t see any of it, but the vast majority of it is 19th century. We have her name here, which is Eunice York. I know it's hard to see. But the things we look for in needlework in terms of value, they’re very, very straightforward. We look for strong graphic content. We will see hundreds of needleworks in a Roadshow season. Most of them are just letters and numbers. And letters and numbers are reading the phone book. The phonebook is not graphically interesting. So what we look for are strong borders, like we see here, and we have great, strong graphic content. We've got the house, we've got the trees, we've got the birds. This is Irish stitch that we have in here. And color is really, really important. We've lost some color, but the good news is that the blues and greens that we see here and here and here, they’re all still there. The Connecticut school is one, at this early stage, we don't know enough about. I'd love to tell you it’s this school, it’s this mistress. My sense is that this is going to stay in the family.


We're looking for insurance value.


In the current market, which, of course, we all know is not what it was a few years ago, I would easily appraise this at $25,000 to $30,000.

Oh! (laughs) Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Wait until I tell Fred and my husband. Oh, my God. That's amazing, thank you so much.

Well that's great, I’m glad it's...

(laughs) Oh, God! That's amazing, thank you. Wow. You've made my father-in-law so happy.

Appraisal Details

J. M. Flanigan American Antiques
Baltimore, MD
Appraised value (2009)
$25,000 Insurance$30,000 Insurance
San Jose, CA (August 15, 2009)
Folk Art

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