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Image features a rectangular sampler, in the upper half, a record of the births of members of the Sacket family: Stephen Sacket born May 23 1752. Eunice Lovering born Dec. 23 1748. Married Nov. 25 1776. Steph'n Sacket Jr. born Aug 7 1777. Eunice Sacket born April 25 1779. Hannah Sacket born Aug 7 1781. Sally Sacket born April 21 1786. Daniel Sact. born Sept 23 1790. Followed by a verse: "In prosperity friends are plenty In adversity not one in twenty." With scattered floral motifs and the initials SS in the lower half, and a floral border on three sides. The black background is embroidered on natural colored cloth. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Sacket Sampler
The unstructured nature of this family register sampler, initialed “SS” and attributed to Sally Sacket (b. 1786), is typical of eighteenth-century examples. In contrast to the more organized genealogy samplers that appear after 1800, the text here is run together in continuous lines. Sally’s sampler is one of a group of three Westfield, Massachusetts, examples...
Guilford Sampler
This sampler was worked by nine-year-old Elizabeth Starr Fowler (1822–1904) shortly after the death of her mother. It is unusual in that it combines elements of a traditional alphabet sampler with those of a mourning piece. At the top of the sampler are several rows of alphabets followed by a verse. The bottom section includes...
Six Years and Twenty-one Days
Elizabeth Ann Harpin Andrew was born on September 26, 1749, and stitched this sampler at the age of six. She ornamented her work with highly stylized floral motifs, framed with four-leaf clovers in a chain-link border. Elizabeth recorded the sampler’s completion date as October 17, 1755, and carefully calculated her age on that date as...
Concord Sampler
Hannah Cutter’s sampler is part of a large group of related examples worked from about 1790 until at least 1805 in Boston or nearby towns in Middlesex County. Typical characteristics of these samplers are deeply arcaded borders surrounding a central panel comprising an alphabet, verse, and pictorial elements framed by a saw-tooth border. The pictorial...
A Harrisburg Sampler
This sampler was worked in 1828 [or 1825] by Ann E. Kelly at the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, school of Leah Maguire. The central scene is either biblical or classical, and was undoubtedly inspired by a yet to be identified print source. It depicts a woman holding a long garland of flowers who appears to making a...
Plymouth Sampler
Susan Sampson Bagnell’s sampler is part a group of Plymouth, Massachusetts, samplers dating from 1816 to 1845. The earliest examples had a rounded central field, which by the 1820s had evolved into the cross-stitched octagonal enclosure seen on Susan’s sampler. Although there were few Quakers living in Plymouth, the group’s bold Roman alphabets, and the...
Sweet Sampler
Lydia Stocker was the daughter of Mehitable Norwood (1756-1793) and Joseph Stocker (1745-1795), a Revolutionary War captain. She was born in 1785 in Lynn, Massachusetts, and had at least two siblings, John (1783-1815) and Zachus Norwood (1787-1849). Lydia’s parents had both died by the time she stitched this sampler in 1798, at the age of...
Fashionable Sampler
This sampler was worked in 1812 by Mary Hamilton at the Maytown, Pennsylvania, school of Catherine Welshans (who became Catherine Welshans Buchanan after her 1813 marriage). The central scene depicts a woman, fashionably attired in a feathered headdress, standing beneath a tree. The border is made up of compartmentalized motifs, including baskets of flowers, flowering...
A Daughter’s Tribute
When she stitched this family register sampler at the age of nine, Eliza Ann Hunt had lost both her mother and her step-mother. She commemorates her father’s two marriages within three interlaced hearts: the first contains his name and birth date, the second encloses the names and birth dates of his two wives, and the...