|Thacher, Thurston d. 1965|
|city||New York City|
|other cities||Hyde Park, NY;|
The Thacher family lived in New York.
Thurston (d.1965) and Doris (d.1990) Thacher ran an antique business, the Rip Van Dam Shop, in Hyde Park. Among their customers was Henry Francis du Pont.
Doris Thacher was especially interested in needlework and became an expert embroiderer. She taught classes, had an embroidery supply business, and reproduced antique pieces of embroidery.
Thurston Thacher was interested in early American paintings, particularly those executed in the Hudson River valley in the 18th century. Around 1950, the Thachers acquired the contents of the Wilson family home in Clermont (now Germantown), New York. The house contained over two centuries’ worth of family acquisitions, including paintings and documents. Most of these were sold through their business, but the Thachers retained embroidery and dress patterns and a few other odds and ends from the house.
(From the Winterthur Library Finding Aid)
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