This hand crafted wreath in an enclosed wood frame was presented to a Smith on the Mayflower as he got off bye a niece child of his in my family's history. The flowers were made of cloth and encased in a wood frame 20 ⅝ " square and 51/4" depth. It hung in my grandmothers house as I can remember as a child. Then passed on to me when my mother passed. I note was taped to the back telling the story. Glass has bubbles in it and other imperfection's. It has not been altered in my life time, but does hang on the wall in my house. All the material is original what I can tell. It has had some damage and wear over the years. One piece has come loose, but not damaged of the wreath and thankfully its the bottom. Been like that since I can remember my grandmother telling me. The same Smith had a pocket watch with his name inside that was given to me bye my Aunt Ora A Oshea and has been stollen from me years ago and I have been sick over the years about it even to this day. I don't know any more about it. Thanks for your time looking at this item.
It was presented to a Smith on the Mayflower as he got off bye a niece child of his in my family's history. Hung in my grandmothers house till she passed and willed to me when my mother passed.
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This is a Victorian needlework-flower wreath; it would have been made in the mid 19th Century and NOT made in the early 17th Century (1620, when the Mayflower landed in Plymouth).
Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
A Victorian needlework floral wreath
American, mid 19th Century (circa 1850s-60s)
with various needlework floral "varieties," mounted in a cove-molded mahogany or walnut shadowbox frame with gilt liner and pine backing
frame 20 5/8 by 20 5/8 inches, depth of frame 5 1/4 inches deep
PROVENANCE: descended in the client's family, a Smith family descendant of a Mayflower passenger
CONDITION: faded, commensurate with age. Minor break.
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