A small (7 ¾" x 8") American marking sampler dated 1806 by Margaretta Porter. The sampler, done on coarse linen, has a ½" black silk border attached (not sure if it is original or has been added later) and is framed in an appropriate, but probably not original, lemon gold frame. There are 3 alphabets (3rd one, with large letters only makes it to "W" and there are no J's as was the early custom) and the numbers 1-12. Colors include beige, black, dark red (which has held up very well), light blue, pink and white. Margaretta started her first and last names with pink letters and finished the names in blue, as is the date in blue (name and date are along the very bottom line). Each row of letters is separated by a line done in different stitches and colors.
The sampler is in very fine condition: it is clean and there are no stains, holes, tears, etc. Stitch work is complete and the colors have help up very well. I tried finding Margaretta in several genealogical databases, but there were far too many born c. 1796-1798 to pinpoint our schoolgirl accurately. A very nice, simple American sampler; if the silk border is original, it makes it even more special.