Needlework Pocketbook, Nelly Sudler, Somerset County, MD, 1802, w/ Sudler Family Hair Clippings

September 15, 2012 Special 3-Session Auction:
The Maryland Sale (Lots 1-250), American Textiles (Lots 251-350), Americana (Lots 351-513)

Lot #: 250

Price Realized: $2,300.00
($2,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).

AUCTION HIGHLIGHT!  (Textiles | MD Antiques)


September 15, 2012 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare Eastern Shore of MD Needlework Pocketbook, Signed "Nelly Sudler / 1802," Manokin, Somerset County, MD, featuring an elaborate and colorful diamond design and the name and date "Nelly Sudler / 1802". This pocketbook was made by or given to Eleanor Gillis Sudler in 1802 at the age of seven. Nelly was a member of the well-known Sudler family of the estate known as "Sudler's Conclusion" in Somerset County, MD. Sudler's Conclusion has gained historical notoriety as possessing one of the oldest remaining houses on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, dating to 1700-1722. The pocketbook will be sold as it was found, with a number a labeled childhood hair samples from members of the Sudler, Waters, and Gillis families, including the hair of the pocketbook's owner, Nelly Sudler. Also included is a Sudler family letter, dated Baltimore, 1841. Black cloth-lined interior. A rare survivor of Maryland needlework, over two centuries old. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently purchased from a Sudler descendant. Various losses to thread and damaged to edge of lining. Colors remain vibrant. L 6" ; W 4".


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