Item/Auction Attributes

dark blue and red wool, and natural cotton,
Leora "Ora" and Bertha Lynn Tusing, Branch Mountain, Hardy Co., WV.
20th century.
Excellent overall condition except for three areas of staining to one panel and a few other scattered small stains.
75" x 87".
Provenance: From a Shenandoah Valley, VA collection.
Catalogue Note: Leora "Ora" Tusing (1897-1974) and Bertha "Lynn" Tusing (1905-2000) were two of nine children born to Mennonite parents William H. Tusing (1869-1960) and Sarah Catherine Funkhouser (1868-1951) of Branch Mountain, Hardy Co., West Virginia, near Mathias and Lost City. They grew up on the isolated family farm, learning the necessary skills to survive. The sisters never married, continuing to live and work on the farm and maintained a devoted faith in their religion. They would clean and spin the wool, which was taken from the sheep on the farm, producing yarn to weave coverlets and rugs. The sisters are buried together in the Funkhouser-Foltz-Tusing Cemetery in Lost River, WV. The Lost River Educational Foundation Museum and Artists Marketplace now houses the 100-year-old floor heddle weaving loom, spinning wheels, and other artifacts from the Tusing farm.