The five photos above, including the collage, Illustrate First Lady Abigail Adams' (1744-1818) beautiful Needle Case with pieces of lace and fabric (pictured below) from her dress. This historic dress and lace was what the First Lady wore at the time Gilbert Stuart so proficiently painted her for posterity. Abigail Adams is pictured
FIRST LADY - ABIGAIL ADAMS
MUSEUM QUALITY RELICS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER
below wearing the actual Lace from The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. Exquisitely embroidered by Abigail Adams and a remarkable and important collection of important items; which not only belonged but were created and made by Abigail Adams - Only the Second First Lady of the United States.
FIRST LADY ABIGAIL ADAMS WEARING THE HISTORIC LACE ILLUSTRATED ABOVE AND BELOW
Included are two dress fabric Adams remnants & two different pieces of delicate lace trim, impeccably documented by an 1876 note (pictured below both left & right) from her very own Grand-Daughter, Elizabeth Coombs Adams (1808-1903), as well as a beautifully embroidered silk Sewing Case, also belonging to Abigail Adams. The famous Gilbert Stuart Portrait, of Abigail Adams, now in the National Art Gallery; shows her wearing a lace shawl with identical Lace Trim which can clearly be seen in the middle of her right shoulder as well as on the trim of The First Lady's right lower shoulder.
The Hand Written Note Reads...
"Mass - July 1876 -- Piece of Reps Silk Dress Worn by Abigail Adams in London, Wife of John Adams, Minister to the Court of Saint James, Coming Home to Quincy (Mass) in 1787; and Bought the Homestead which has had Five Adams Generations Living in it. The Silk Dress and Long Train were Left to my Mother in Abigail's Will. The Reps Silk with the Pink Dots (A Remnant of this Piece is Featured in Center Photo Above) and Garnet Satin Dress, that She is Painted in Stuarts portrait, now belongs to Charles F. Adams' and I have the Old Lace Scarf back from the Old State House in Philadelphia where we sent things for the Centennial (1876). E.C.A. (Elizabeth Coombs Adams)."
It is difficult to imagine more impressive socumentation for such magnificient and historical early 19th century personal artifacts of any of America's Founding First Families. The Elegant Needle Case is of a stiff fabric (when fully opened it measures 3.5"x10") which was covered with off-white silk, on which a floral decoration was embroidered on each side by Abigail Adams. It all folds open, rather like a wallet, and contains various compartments for sewing implements. The Needle Case was obtained together with the other items, and it is accompanied by another note, in another hand, which is illustrated - reading...
"Needle Case Belonging to Abigail Adams."
Abigail Adams was one of our most Famous Americans and important First Ladies; and items owned by this remarkable woman are, perhaps, as significant as those of Martha Washington - And actually scarcer. Dramatic Museum quality with superior hand-written documentation of authenticity, as authored by the loving and caring Grand-Daughter of John and Abigail Adams - "E.C.A. - Elizabeth Coombs Adams".
SUPERIOR PROVENANCE IN THE FORM OF HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENTATION VIA THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF ABIGAIL ADAMS ELIZABETH COOMBS ADAMS
This impressive piece of history has been in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection for over a quarter of a century. In the near future it will be shared with an Institution or another collector of note.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - PRIOR TO RESEARCH AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 2010