This is a Rare C1800 Deerfield Massachusetts Schoolgirl Sampler Linen Alphabet Needlework. I have had one other Deerfield sampler (a White Dove sampler) with the same needlework motifs. For reference, please see Girlhood Embroidery, American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850 by Betty Ring, Vol. I page 146. This linen ground sampler is very similar in many characteristics to the Deerfield White Dove samplers and it was recently purchased in the Deerfield area. I live about 3 miles from Deerfield. Of course it is lacking the white dove motifs, but it has the heart frame cartouche, floral basket, and floral rose bush motifs. I have studied this sampler from all angles and cannot make out the name and other information located within the cartouche. It was done with white and pink silk threads and now the colors have just about blended into each other. There is a small bit of age foxing to the linen here and there and a couple of small stains. There are no holes. The sampler has a narrow hem to all four sides, a stitched border along the hem, a full capital letter alphabet of 26 letters, a dog, and various other motifs popular in the early 1800s. All of the silk stitches are present. The primary colors are strong light and dark indigo blue, dark brown, black, faded pink, and white. The linen ground is hand spun and hand woven. It measures 8 1/2 inch by 9 1/2 inch. Please note: The price is firm.
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