Antique C 1786 Relic Piece Of Wedding Dress Of John Adams Daughter Abigail Nabby For Sale
HERE IS AN EXTREMELY RARE RELIC FROM THE FAMILY OF PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS - THIS PIECE OF SILK BELONGED TO ABIGAIL ADAMS MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS NABBY.
THE PROVENANCE NOTE UNDER THE FABRIC READS: "THE ABOVE PIECE OF SILK IS A PORTION OF THE WEDDING DRESS OF JOHN ADAMS DAUGHTER, A SISTER OF JOHN Q ADAMS, PRESENTED TO THE GRANDMOTHER OF THE PRESENT OWNER, MRS. DELIA GARDINER DENISON WHO HAS HAD IT IN HER POSESSION ABOUT 60 YEARS".
THIS RELIC PIECE DATES TO AS LATE AS 1786 (MOST LIKELY EARLIER) WHEN SHE WAS MARRIED.
THE PIECE IS FRAMED IN AN OLD FRAME. I BELIEVE IT WAS FRAMED AT SOME POINT IN THE EARLY 1900S.
IT CAME OUT OF THE ESTATE OF A LARGE AMERICANA COLLECTOR
THE ENTIRE PIECE MEASURES 9 1/4 INCHES TALL X 7.5 INCHES WIDE
THE FRAME HAS SOME WEAR FROM AGE WITH SOME DINGS HERE AND THERE. OVERALL IT HAS GREAT CHARACTER AND IS A FANTASTIC PIECE FROM THE FAMILY OF ONE OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS.
Abigail "Nabby" Adams Smith (July 14, 1765 – August 15, 1813) was the firstborn of Abigail and John Adams, founding father and second President of the United States. She was named for her mother.
Abigail "Nabby" Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on July 14, 1765, and was, as her mother recorded, "the dear image of her still dearer Papa." Even as a child she was an important part of the domestic life of the Adams family, assisting her mother while her father was away in Philadelphia championing the Declaration of Independence. She continued this role throughout her youth, serving as a vital support for her mother while her father was serving as an American minister in Europe.
Romance and marriage
At the age of 18, Nabby met and fell in love with Royall Tyler. Her father thought she was too young to have a suitor, but he eventually accepted it. At one point the two were even engaged to be married. But John Adams, then the U.S. minister to the Kingdom of Great Britain, eagerly called for his wife and daughter to join him in London. For a time, Nabby maintained a long distance relationship with Tyler, but eventually broke off the engagement, leaving Tyler depressed.
Shortly afterward Nabby met Colonel William Stephens Smith, who was serving as her father's secretary and was 10 years her senior. They were married at the American minister's residence in London on June 12, 1786. Nabby's observations of European life and customs, and many of the distinguished statesmen of the day, were later published.
Family life and children
After their return from Europe, the Smiths bought land in what was then the countryside outside of New York City, and planned to build an estate, which they called Mount Vernon, in honor of George Washington. They never lived there, but a carriage house on the property was later converted to a hotel and is now operated as the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum.
William was involved in a series of speculative ventures that led to financial and political difficulties. Nabby's parents used their influence when possible to obtain government jobs for William, but this did not keep their daughter from poverty. This caused considerable strain to their marriage. The couple had four children, three of whom survived childhood.
Their children were:
William Steuben Smith
John Adams Smith
Thomas Hollis Smith
Caroline Amelia Smith
In 1810, Nabby was diagnosed with breast cancer, followed by a mastectomy in 1811. The gruesome details of the surgery and the remainder of Nabby's life have been discussed by historians such as James S. Olson. The cancer continued to spread throughout her body, and she died, aged 48, on Sunday, August 15, 1813.
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