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Sewing steps

ca. 1842
Made in New Lebanon, New York, United States
American, Shaker
11 x 9 1/4 x 10 3/4 in. (27.9 x 23.5 x 27.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1981
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 734
Sewing steps provided a resting place for the feet of Shaker sisters while they were seated during handiwork. The rugged, hand-hooked needlework cover protected the wood finish. This example belonged to A. Rosetta Stephens (1861–1947) who was born in England and emigrated to New Lebanon, New York.
Inscription: inscribed on lower step: MJH / 1842; inscribed on upper step: GHB / 1868; inscribed on right side: A. ROSETTA STEPHENS / NEW LEBANON / 1902; inscribed on left side: To Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, Pittsfield, / Mass. / July 7th 1932
A. Rosetta Stephens, New Lebanon, New York, 1902–1932; Faith Deming Andrews, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1932–1981
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