Laurens County, South Carolina, second quarter 19th century, attributed to Sarah Martin Ball (1815-1854), stenciled and free-hand, central urn with heart motif and flowers, undulating flower and foliate inner border, two half borders of yellow floral vines, outer border composed of undulating double black line with alternating flowers, composed of two 29 in. wide and one 13-1/2 in. wide, American-made cotton woven panels, lower left corner composed of three pieces, applied cotton fringe, over all dimensions including fringe 87 x 75 in. coverlet appears to have not been washed and in original condition, 3 x 2-1/2 in. tear lower left, one small hole bottom right, 4 in. separation of fringe right edge, light fading, overall foxing, several stains to right edge. Provenance: A copy of a note found with the coverlet accompanies the lot. The note was written by the consignor’s great aunt Hattie Campbell and states the following:
“This coverlet was my great grandmother Ball’s ______every stitch hand made by her.
She spun the thread, wove the cloth, made the dye and design for the stencil. She made the fringe and attached it to the spread. 175 years old Hattie Campbell”
According to family records, Hattie Means Campbell the author of the letter was born in 1898, Moonville, Greenville County, South Carolina and died in 1992. Her parents were Sallie Catherine Babb and John Lewis Campbell and listed as living in Grove, Greenville County in the 1900 Census. Hattie’s grandmother was Matilda Mahulda Ball who married John Wells Babb. In the 1850 census, the couple is listed as living in Laurens, SC. The mother of Matilda and attributed maker of the coverlet is Sarah Martin, born 1815 in Laurens County. Sarah married John Ball but he died in 1830. She married a second time in 1835 to her husband’s cousin, also named John Ball. They had three children including Matilda Mahulda. The family is listed as living in Laurens County, South Carolina in the 1850 Census.
coverlet appears to have not been washed and in original condition, 3 x 2-1/2 in. tear lower left, one small hole bottom right, 4 in. separation of fringe right edge, light fading, overall foxing, several stains to right edge