This fine Georgian needlework and pin prick upon paper was crafted by Martha Ann Honeywell (1787-1848). Martha Honeywell was born in the USA without hands and with only three toes on her one foot. Remarkably she was able to produce her artworks by gripping with her teeth while using her toes to support the tools.
Martha has stitched a very pretty floral spray into her Cornucopia. Under the flower filled 'pin prick' horn is the hand written script 'Needle Work Done With The Mouth By Martha Honeywell.' The needlework is housed behind glass in its original cream card mount complete with its original gilt frame with beaded decoration.
This is the perfect addition to you early 19th century needlework or folk art collection.
Measuring: Frame width 11 1/8 inch (28.5 cm) by height 13.25 inch (33.5 cm). Frame depth 0.25 inch (1.5 cm). Visible needlework width 4.25 inch (11 cm) by height 5.25 inch (13 cm).
Condition: The original wove paper has darkened a little with age and has some gentle foxing and mottling to the unbleached paper. The embroidery is in good, strong order with some fading to the colors (mainly the leaves). The card mount has foxing and debris trapped under the glass. The frame is good and sound with no missing beading or touch ups. Some rubbing to the top and bottom edges, now much darkened.
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