A Stumpwork Casket
Hannah Trapham (fl.1671)
Stumpwork is raised embroidery, where portions of the design are padded to give a 3D effect. It was widely used in England from about 1625 to the end of the century to decorate caskets, mirror frames and book bindings as well as embroidered pictures. This type of work was often the culmination of a girls’ needlework education. Young girls kept their personal belongings such as mirrors, writing materials, needlework equipment and jewellery in these boxes.
A stumpwork casket worked by Hannah Trapham in 1671. The wooden casket is covered with embroidered panels worked on ivory-coloured silk satin. The five main embroidered panels depict several religious and court scenes and are worked in silks, chenille, metallic thread and pearls, and they are trimmed with silver gilt braids; the narrow panels forming the sides of the lid contain embroidered flowers, insects and animals. The interior is lined with madder-dyed silk, quilted in parts. The casket stands on four silver ball feet and has a fretted silver hasp and lock engraved 'Hannah Trapham 1671'. Little is know about who Hannah Trapham was, although it is believed that the family came from Wingham in Canterbury, Kent.
Vernon collection transferred to the Treasury in 1967 following death of 9th Lord Vernon, and transferred to The National Trust in 1967.
Marks and inscriptions
Hannah Trapham 1671
Makers and roles
Hannah Trapham (fl.1671), embroiderer