1866 Extremely Rare Black Americana Pot Holder made by former African American Slave Anna Street. 100% original Civil War period Freed Slave item. This is all hand stitched together and hand embroidered. The image is wool yarn stitched onto burlap.
The black is done in a finer wool yarn than the clothing to give depth to the joyous couple it depicts celebrating their new freedom. The eyes are white tiny glass beads. The red used for the backing is the material used for the tents during the civil war. The main photo of the item was taken under a normal light to show true colors and the rest were taken under bright led lights.
This was a item that was used over 150 years ago and shows a few light stains, some small spots of moth damage, and fading to the colors. One of a kind historical piece. Measures 5 2/4 inches square not including the hanging loop.
I acquired this a number of years ago from a very prominent Maine Civil war collection. He had acquired it from the descendants of the maker about 60 years ago.The item "FOLK ART 1866 African American CIVIL WAR FREE SLAVE CROSS STITCH BLACK AMERICANA" is in sale since Friday, December 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Folk Art & Indigenous Art". The seller is "oldmaine" and is located in Stacyville, Maine. This item can be shipped to United States.