If you wish to preserve it as an antique, I would suggest you put it under glass in a frame or as a tray . . . It must be one hundred years old. The cloth (linen) was woven by your great great grandmother Laura Potter. The flax from which it was made was gathered by your great grandfather Thomas Brayton Potter and your great aunt Olive Potter. She also did the etching on it . . . I hope you like it and preserve it for as long as possible.
The little box with the linen that was sent to Dorothy is now in my possession. I don't know how old it is, precisely. Laura Potter was born in 1783. Thomas Brayton was born in 1820 and Olive in 1833, so if the flax was gathered by them, it must have been done in the 1830s or 1840s. Olive's embroidery may have been done later.
quilting, about the heredity of such a gift.
|Front of embroidery|
|Back of embroidery|
So it is probably about 170 years old now. And (ahem) it is still not preserved, sitting in the box that Dorothy received in 1937. It's been 75 years since Lila made that request, I am going to get to work on it. But in the meantime, I wanted to share its loveliness with you all.