New light: More squares from Mrs. Miner’s carpet

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts, Magazine

Discoveries come in such unexpected ways. You can search for years for a missing piece of your puzzle without success. And then, sometimes, it falls in your lap! That is what happened last year when my friend Tom Jewett, of Jewett-Berdan Antiques, posted pictures of his Christmas decorations on Facebook. Deer panel from carpet worked by Eliza Campbell Miner, 1836–1844. …

Sewn not hooked

Editorial Staff Art

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, March/April 2012 | About the same time I bought Mercy Huntting’s rug at auction in 2007 (facing page, top), I was given a full run of The Magazine Antiques. Before shelving them for reference I paged through every issue, and to my surprise, found the rug illustrated in May 1951, in Florence Peto’s article “Some Early …