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Alphabet Sampler by Sarah Wistar Morris

1824 (dated)
Origin: America, Mid-Atlantic, Pennsylvania, Probably Philadelphia
Unframed: OW: 12 3 /4" x OH: 17"
Silk embroidery threads on a linen ground of 29 x 31 threads per inch (identification of fibers by eye)
Gift of Beatrix T. Rumford
Acc. No. 2006-59
This is an unfinished alphabet sampler worked in faded shades of green, ivory, yellow, and pink on a darkened natural-color linen ground. The sampler is hemmed with a 1/4" hem at top, bottom, and right side. It has a selvage at left side.
The top fifth of the sampler consists of the signature line: "Sarah Wistar Morris/ in the 10th year of her age 1824" flanked by large flowers. Below the signature line is a band of double row of cross stitch. The remaining portion of the sampler consists of alphabets and numerals:
"A-R" upper case block worked in cross stitch
Band of undulating flowers worked in cross stitch
"S-Z" upper case block worked in cross stitch, single queen's stitch, "1-10" worked in cross stitch
Band of cross stitch
"a-z" lower case block worked in cross stitch
Band of cross stitch
"A-I K L" upper case script worked in cross stitch
Band of eyelet stitch
"M-U" upper case script worked in cross stitch
Band of cross stitch
"V-Z" upper case script, diamond motif, and "S W" worked in cross stitch
Band of cross stitch
"A-R" upper case block in foursided stitch
Band of triple row of cross stitch
"S-Z" upper block, diamond motif, "1-9" worked in foursided stitch
Band of cross stitch
"A-R" upper case blockm worked in cross stitch
Bottom row is void.
The sampler is enclosed on all four sides in an undualting floral and vine border.

Stitches: cross over two, eyelet, foursided, and queen
Label:In addition to reinforcing the learning of numerals and the alphabet, samplers, like this one, taught young girls needlework skills. This alphabet sampler was created by Sarah Wistar Morris ((1813-1826), a twin daughter of Caspar Wistar Morris (1764-1828) and Elizabeth Giles Morris (1774-1832) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her twin sister, Elizabeth Clifford Morris (1813-1892), created an almost identical sampler in 1824.
Provenance:Sarah Wistar Morris (1813-1826) was a twin daughter of Caspar Wistar Morris (1764-1828) and Elizabeth Giles Morris (1774-1832) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Caspar W. Morris was disowned by the Society of Friends, for joining a troop, which was sent to quell the Whiskey Insurrection in 1794; Elizabeth Giles was disowned for marrying him.) Sarah's twin sister was Elizabeth Clifford Morris (1813-1892). Elizabeth Clifford Morris married Samuel Canby (1811-1875) in 1832. They had a least one son (1833-1836) and a daughter, Elizabeth Morris Canby (1848-1933), who married Charles Grubb Rumford (1841-1901) and through which many family pieces descended to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Rumford, II, and their daughter Miss Beatrix T. Rumford.
Mark(s):Penciled on paper on back of sampler: "Made by Sarah Wistar Morris of Philadelphia in 1824/ great great aunt of Rumford children & the/ little girl for whom the doll house was made./ She died a few years later."
Label on paper on back of modern frame is from Purnell Art Company, 407 W. Charles Street, Baltimore/ Established in 1890.