Antique 19th Century Americana Hand Woven Doilies Sampler With Provenance

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The attached note included with these two featured hand woven doily mats, not only add provenance, but a measure of charm. The typewritten note states: the linen in the centerpiece was made from flax, the seed of which was planted in 1863 by John Long, who lived about 2 miles west of the village of Risingsun.

Later Mr. Long went to the Civil War with the troops that were popularly known¬† as the “hundred day men” and was killed by a band of guerillas in 1864.

The flax was spun by Mrs. Magdalena Sampsel, Mr. Long’s mother-in-law, when she was about 70 years old and was woven by Mrs. Sampsel’s daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Sampsel of Gibsonburg. The lace on the linen doily and the little towmat were crocheted by Mrs. Sarah Dunlap now 83 years old and a daughter of Mr. Long. The tow is the coarse part of the flax.

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Antique 19th Century Americana Hand Woven Doilies Sampler With Provenance