Here are a pair of samplers done by sisters in 1832: Mary and Eliza Townsend, Westmoreland, Oneida County, New York. The samplers were finished about 10 days apart in June, 1832. Mary’s sampler is a family record of the Townsend Family, listing her father Nathaniel, his first and second wives (Mary and Eliza were offspring of Nathaniel’s second wife Hepsibah, although Mary was the namesake of Nathaniel’s deceased spouse, who died in 1818). Mary was born May 17, 1819 and Eliza was born May 3, 1821.
Eliza used her sampler to picture 2 houses, trees and bushes, and she included a nice little aphorism: “The needle and pen teach wisdom.”
The samplers are similarly sized: Mary’s is 17 ¼” x 16 ¾” (18 ¾” x 18 ¼” frame size), and Eliza’s measures 18 ¾” x 16 1/4” (18 ¾” x 17 ¾” frame) and both have strawberry borders. Mary’s work has 5 alphabets and two sets of numbers; Eliza has 4 alphabets (script alphabet not complete) and also the numbers 1-12. The similarities in style indicate that they both probably went to the same school or had the same teacher.
Condition on both samplers is very fine. No holes, tears, missing areas of stitching, or staining, etc. Some of the colors have faded a bit, mostly in Eliza’s alphabets; the genealogy information on Mary’s sampler and the houses on Eliza’s are strong and complete. Mary embellished the bottom of her sampler with sprigs of flowers. Labels on the back indicate that Nathaniel Townsend was appointed the first Deacon of the Congregational Church in Westmoreland in 1793. Both amazing and wonderful that both both samplers have survived, together, for almost 200 years!