Embroidered Reticule, Martha Kittredge, New England, White cotton thread embroidered on white cotton fabric, American

Embroidered Reticule

Maker:
Martha Kittredge, New England
Date:
1811
Geography:
Made in United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
White cotton thread embroidered on white cotton fabric
Dimensions:
10 x 7 1/2 in. (25.4 x 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Julia Van Rensselaer Smith and Elizabeth Hoxsie Patterson, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.272
Not on view
Signature: Front is signed and inscribed as follows: (within wreath at top) Martha Kittredge's / A. D. 1811 (in panel below) We stand exposed to every sin / While idle and without employ / Industry holds our passions in / And keeps out all unlawful joy.

Inscription: At top:

Martha Kittredge's
A.D. 1811




At Bottom:

We stand exposed to even sin
While idle and without employ
Industry holds our passions in
And keeps out all unlawful joy
The purse was found by the donors among other nineteenth-century family linens. The linens descended to the donors from the Thomas Waterman family of Johnson, VT. The donors are not sure of the relationship between Martha Kittredge and the Waterman family.