It's always a happy day when something great arrives on your doorstep. This magnificent object is an early American candlewick spread - handmade - and it took my breath away when I opened it up.
Most of these pictures are lit from behind, making the spread look gray- but it's really white. Candlewicking is a form of whitework.
It came from Julia Kelly-Hodenius of Pique, who found it in Massachusetts. Since I don't know a lot about candlewicking - this is the first piece I have acquired - I'll look forward to learning more about it.