This pretty little vintage American Sampler on linen is 11 ½" x 8 ½" with framed size measuring 13 ½" x 10 ½". This is a very colorful piece of needlework with a home and a couple of butterflies at top. The verse, "Seek Home For Rest, For Home Is Best", is surrounded by a border of pink and purple flowers and a big red bow at the bottom. This piece is in good condition with only a tiny spot on the bottom right.
Sampler history excerpt from: Allison-Antrim Museum's
It took about twenty years at the beginning of the eighteenth century before American samplers came into their own style and the English sampler characteristics disappeared. American samplers consisted mostly of alphabets, numbers, and verses separated with rows of much lesser quality patterns. But a lot of thought and planning gave them form and coherence of design that was lacking in English samplers of the same time period.
New England was the most prolific in producing samplers followed then by Long Island, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
American samplers fall into two classes along the lines of the schools of the eighteenth century. The very young (ages five and six) were taught in the Dame School very simple samplers - alphabets and numbers with a simple verse. Older girls, then in finishing schools, produced a more elaborate sampler with more originality. Well to do girls would have the opportunity to make two samplers. The average age of girls who made samplers after the seventeenth century was thirteen.
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