Charming 1801 schoolgirl needlework sampler that reads as follows: "Mersylva Kendalls sampler made in the 13 year of her age" followed by a verse, with letters embroidered in different colors, extolling the virtue of humility: "Had I been older my skill been better I shoud hav mended every letter." It includes upper and lower case alphabets as well as embroidered baskets, both characteristic of Quaker samplers. The upper half has an orderly, band design and the bottom balanced pictorial motifs including the two baskets already mentioned, a tree in between and tiny figures, all features found in Deerfield, western Massachusetts samplers. Mersylvia Kendalls was born on September 14th, 1788 in Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire, about 50 miles northeast of Deerfield MA. Her parents were Samuel and Betsy Kendall both born in Massachusetts. Mersylvia descends from Francis Kendall who, together with his brother Thomas, settled in the town of Charlestown (Woburn, MA) in the year 1640. She had several siblings including Betsey, Luke, Samuel, Timothy, Salome, Caroline and Milton. Mersylvia died January 5, 1838 and is buried in the Center Cemetery of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. In very good used condition with toning as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 11" by 8 7/8"; Visible Image: 9 7/8" by 7 3/4" approximately.
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