Betty Ring Scrapbooks To Highlight Hubers’ Annual Sampler Open House

Map by Rosamond Wood, Hartford, Vt., dated 1826. Watercolor on paper, 15¾ by 22¾ inches. Wood, who taught at Kimball Union Academy in Plainfield, N.H., from 1822 to 1824, as well as in Hanover, N.H., and St Johnsbury, Vt., probably created this unusual map as a teaching tool.

OLD SAYBROOK, CONN. — Scrapbooks and picture albums from the archives of the late Houston collector Betty Ring will be displayed at Stephen and Carol Huber’s annual open house on August 9–10. On view for the first time, the trove includes memorabilia from the many lunches and dinners hosted by the preeminent authority in American needlework.

The accompanying sale at the Huber Gallery will feature a large inventory American samplers, silk embroideries, schoolgirl watercolors and related textile accessories. Many will be offered at reduced prices, an enticement to beginning and advanced collectors alike, say the dealers in antique needlework. Also for sale will be needlework books, many of them out of print, and a few original, unopened copies of Betty Ring’s classic reference Girlhood Embroidery.

Featured among the samplers will be a Connecticut genealogy/memorial worked by Mary Ann Post at age 14 at Miss Cornwall’s school in Glastonbury. Another highlight is an apple-tree genealogy from Middlesex County, Mass., stitched over its entire surface by Mary Bellows. From New England to Pennsylvania, the samplers include florals, landscapes, memorials, genealogical pieces and band motifs. Also for sale will be several Seventeenth Century English canvaswork pictures.

Among the dozens of silk embroideries offered will be a New England example depicting Cornelia “Mother of the Gracchi” and a silk, paint and beadwork picture of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba from Philadelphia. The selection of silk embroideries will feature memorials, historical figures, classical scenes and landscapes.

Free verbal appraisals will be given for anyone wishing to bring early needlework samplers, silk embroideries or needlework pictures.

At the Huber Gallery, a historic 1649 structure at 40 Ferry Road that originally served as the munitions store for Fort Saybrook, the open house will be underway both days from 10 am to 5 pm.

For additional information, or 860-388-6809.

Mary Elizabeth Hoffman worked this exuberant sampler from the West Donegal group in Pennsylvania in 1836. Silk on linen, 171/8 by 167/8 inches.

“Baby Moses and Pharaoh’s Daughter,” Misses Pattens’ School, Hartford, Conn., circa 1810. Silk, metallic thread, paint, sequins on silk; framed size 195/8 by 16¼ inches.


Possibly from the Wheeling, W.Va., area, this patriotic sampler honoring George Washington is by Ann Bell, who dated her work 1828. Silk on linen; 17 ½ inches square.


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