Incised Straightedge, Nancy M. Pitcher,

Incised Straightedge, Nancy M. Pitcher,

Belfast, Maine, circa 1840-45

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dimensions: 16" x 1½” • price: $1150 $575

A handsome, 16 inch long maple straightedge, this was made for or by Nancy M. Pitcher who was born in 1827 in the mid-coast seaport town of Belfast, Maine. Incised decoration on one side features Nancy’s name embellished with stars and arrows and flanked by a double-mast sailing ship and a double-chimney house shown in three-quarter view; the other side, with a beveled upper edge, proclaims “Belfast.”

Nancy was the daughter Calvin and Johanna (Prescott) Pitcher, the 6th of their 10 children. On March 7, 1846 she married William A. White in Belfast. Perhaps this was made by William as a gift for Mary? They remained in Belfast and had at least 4 children. 

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