MAKER: Elizabeth Foster (1789-1872) was born in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to Jonathan and Elizabeth (Greenwood) Foster. By 1809, she and her family had moved to Winchester, Virginia, where she married William Alexander Baker (1788-1847). Elizabeth’s father, Jonathan Foster (1766-1824), was a Revolutionary War veteran, a school teacher, a printer, and publisher of the Winchester newspaper, The Constellation. William A. Baker was a Winchester merchant based on Loudoun Street and later worked as a piano forte maker.
INSCRIPTION: In pencil on cherry backboard “Made by/ Elizabeth Foster/ wife of/ Wm. Alexander Baker/ 1804” and “Worked by Mother/at — 1/2 years of age—/ brought by myself at/ sale June 20th [?] 1872. J. [or S.] Baker.” “3 Jolly Irishman/ St. Patrick & __________”