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Negro Life at the South
Oil on linen
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Overall: 67 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 in. ( 172.4 x 8.9 x 0.6 cm )
Berlin-work bell pull, embroidered in various colors of wool and silk floss
on linen ground with linen lining on reverse, a multi-colored floral motif runs the entire length of the pull, set against a chocolate brown background.
Bell pulls were both a functional item and a status symbol, since they not only allowed a family to call their servant, but told visitors quite plainly that there were servants to call. Bell pulls, often rendered by girls and women in Berlin wool work, were common in the middle of the nineteenth century.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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