Needlework Sample Lesson Book Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT, c. 1910
Esther Allcorn's needlework sample lesson book for The Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT, c. 1907. Includes such lessons as French Hemming on Damask, Making a Gusset, Mitred Corners, Darning on Cashmere, and Stockinette Darn.
Esther's grandfather, Charles Henry Allcorn, moved his wife and 4 children from Brighton, England to Greenwich, CT in 1867. This was 4 years after the passing of his father. It is possible that inheritance provided for this move and lifestyle, as Charles is listed simply as a tinsmith in several census reports.
Esther Elmendorf Allcorn was born June 13 1896 to Leonard Lionel Allcorn and Marquerite Elmendorf. She grew up on Millbank Avenue, just a 1/2 mile from the school at 139 East Putnam Ave. It is the oldest girls’ day school in Connecticut, and the 6th oldest in the country.
Esther went on to become a teacher, initially at private school, possibly Greenwich Academy or The Misses ELY School for Girls. She is later listed as a special teacher at public school.
21 pages of typed lesson instructions and corresponding sample.
Full family genealogy included.
Size: 9.75" x 7.25" x .75"
Condition: Darkening to paper appropriate to age. Binding cord has pulled away from pages. Pages are loose, with some tears and folds. Sewing samples are all intact.
Provenance: Acquired from the Allcorn family in 1978, following Esther's passing.