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Embroidered Patriotic Eagle Summer Spread: Dated 1845; New England


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This embroidered summer spread is an American rarity. It is centered with an eagle from whose mouth is a flowing banner with the words E pluribus unum. Above the eagle is the name Mrs. M.T. Branch. Below the eagle is the date 1845 and Hopkinton. There is a town of Hopkinton in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Graceful pots and branches of flowers surround the eagle. The spread has cut corners for a four poster bed, a feature often found in New England bedcovers. It measures 84 inches square. The ground is three panels of cotton. The embroidery is all wool. There is a patch on the back measuring 6 1/2 x 11" that has been very well done and shows on the front only with examination. It is above the letters of Mrs. M.