Sarah’s sister, Elizabeth (1776-1810), worked a similar armorial while at Druitt’s school and it survives today in the collection of the York Institute in Saco, Maine (acc. no. 0000.23)(see Carolyn S. Parsons, Agreeable Situations: Society, Commerce, and Art in Southern Maine, 1780-1830, ed. Laura Fecych Sprague, (Kennebunk, ME: Brick Store Museum; Boston: Distributed by Northeastern University Press, 1987), pp. 2401, no. 142). Both possess identical frames except the cast gilt spandrels present on Elizabeth's coat of arms which are lacking on this example.
For her coat of arms, Elizabeth unknowingly worked the Milward arms rather than the arms of her father, Thomas Cutts (1736-1821), a prominent citizen of Saco. Sarah chose the Scamman arms, which were those of her mother, Elizabeth Scamman (1754-1803). Both arms have the details favored by the Druitt school of a highly raised design in brilliant gold and silver with a helmet and motto ribbons featuring silver thread and black cross-stitched letters. As the compositions are very similar and a letter by Elizabeth to her father attests to her armorial being designed by “Mr. Gore”, it is likely that Sarah’s coat of arms was also designed by Samuel Gore (1750/51-1831), a heraldic artist working on Queen Street in Boston.
A very similar coat of arms for the Ridgeway family is also in the Vogel Collection and offered as lot ___ in this sale. It was also likely designed by Samuel Gore and worked in the school of Eleanor Druitt.
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