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Mourning Embroidery

Schober, Maria Theresia
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
WOA 19 3/4; HOA 22 1/2
Accession Number:
This needlework was made for Nathaniel Schober, who died in June 1818 leaving behind a pregnant wife and three young children. Although the maker of this embroidery is not known, it could have been Nathaniel’s sister, Maria Theresia who was a teacher at the Salem Girls’ Boarding school from 1817 to 1819. The exquisite quality of the embroidery suggests that the maker was a highly experienced needleworker.

DESCRIPTION: Silk and chenille on silk mourning embroidery. A monument with urn top is inscribed with the initials N.S. for Nathaniel Schober who died in 1818. Framed in black frame with yellow liner. Original glass broken.

LABEL NOTES: Inscription penciled on back: “Mourning piece to memory of Nathaniel Schober maternal grandfather of Nathanial Siewers great grandfather of Mr. Lodaux Siewer Died June 17, 1818.”
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Ledoux Siewers