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Unfinished Sampler by Unknown Maker

ca. 1825
Origin: America
OH: 8 1/4" x OW: 8 1/4"
Silk embroidery threads on a linen ground of 29 x 29 threads per inch (identification of fibers by eye)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1963.608.1
This is a small unfinished square needlework sampler worked in silk threads on a natural-color linen ground. The top third of the sampler consists of two rows of letters--"A-M" and "O-Z" in uppercase block-- and three complete bands. The bottom two thirds of the sampler is unfinished.

Stitch: cross
Label:This sampler, hemmed on three sides, features an alphabet, the first line of which is green and the second a faded brown. The alphabet is underlined by two borders. The rest of the sampler is blank, evidently unfinished.
Provenance:This sampler was originally in a straw work box/basket with a second unfinished sampler signed "Catharine H. Lawrence. In 1937, these items along with several other objects were offered to Colonial Williamsburg by an anonymous friend of Miss Mabel Massey of Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1963, the two samplers and work basket were transferred to AARFAC from the CW Department of Collections via receipt no. 2708. The former Collection's Accession Number was G1937-508, 1-3.
The sampler may have been worked by a member of the Lawrence family.
Mark(s):None
Inscription(s):None