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Knitted Mitts

Origin: United States of America, Massachusetts, Northbridge
OL: 14 in.; OW: 4 1/2 in.
Linen, Silk
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2018-255,1&2
Cream linen hand knit linen mitts with blue cross stitched initials on each upper edge A S for Abigail Steere (1775-1860). The mitts were knitted without a seam stitch running along the length as the decreases are done through the body of the mitt. The mitts have about 22 rows to the inch.
Provenance:Owned by Abagail Steere Fowler (1775-1860) and passed down in the, Fowler-White Family.

Abagail Steere Fowler born in Providence County, Rhode Island but moved to Massachusetts sometime between 1790-1810.

She married Bernard Fowler in 1810 in Northbridge, Massachusetts.

The maternal side of her family crossed from England between 1610 and 1630; the paternal side in the 1670's. The family remains in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The mitts passed down to her grandaughter Abagail Mowry White (1852-1924) who lived in Grafton, Worcester County, MA. She never married, had no children, and left $15,000 to the Boston MFA in her will.
Mark(s):Each mitt is marked in silk "AS" worked in cross stitch.
Inscription(s):Note attached to the mitt reads: A pair of hand knit linen mitts belonging to Abagail Steere grandmother of Abagail ("Abby") White