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Antigonish Heritage Museum


Accession number: 93.94
Category: Floor covering
Object type: Hooked
Date: 1912
Materials: Fibre, Wool; Fibre, Burlap;
Measurements: 226 cm L x 134 cm W
Marks/Label: Donated by the MacLellan family (Mary Ann, Alex James, Walter, Eddy, Roddie, Sr Catherine, Sarah, John R, Rev William, Florence, Gertie, Georgina, Betty, Chisholm, children of the creator) of Big Marsh.
Narrative: Annie Katherine Delaney, from up the Beaver Road, Antigonish County, began this project at age 18 and it took over  three years to complete by 1912. She was responsible for all stages of work to create this piece, shearing the sheep, carding and cleaning the wool, spinning, dyeing, and hooking. This resulting project was her pride and joy. She married John George MacLellan at age 23 and raised a large family of 14 children. Family tradition indicates this piece was on the floor in the parlour and saw limited traffic. The design appears to be a variation on a Garrett's Pattern #326. It is also similar to #288 MacKay Scroll a design featured in a book "You Can Hook Rugs" by Pearl K McGown, 1951.  The rug was handed down to her daughter Mary Ann Boyd of Cribbons Point who passed it on to the Antigonish Heritage Museum.
Description: Hand hooked; symmetrical pattern of floral and scroll motifs; the rose motifs are sculptured and raised, which is a rather uncommon feature also known as waldoboro style. The background is predominately a lighter colour with dark rich colours for the scrolls and the flowers. A wide black border surrounds the piece.
History of Use: A decorative for furnishing a home