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Abigail Stevens Linsey Woolsey Marking Sampler, c. 1810-1820
Abigail Stevens stitched this very neat and tidy marking sampler when she was 9 years old, c. 1810-1820. Abigail used pink silk thread on a green linen backing (hence the “Linsey-Woolsey” designation), and included 3 alphabets and a nice verse title “The Fair Lady’s Wish:” If it be true celestial powers That you have formd me fair And that in all my vainest hours My mind has been my care Then in return I beg this grace As you were ever kind What envious time takes from my face Bestow upon my mind (kind of heavy-duty sentiments for a 9 year old, don’t you agree!)
There is no indication of where Abigail may have been from, and Abigail Stevens is a rather generic name, but most Linsey-Woolsey samplers I have encountered are from New England and that would be my best guess as to the origin of this piece. It measures 13 ½” square (sight) and is framed in a mid-20th century wooden frame with gold liner. Without taking it out of the frame, I can see that it is stitched to a backing board. Frame size: 16” square.
The sampler is in very fine condition, or better. The linen is clean and free of rips, tears or stains and the simple cross stiches are complete. It is very tidily done, and nicely framed. A true School Girl Marking Sampler. (Not an easy one to photograph and the white spots in the photos are reflections off the glass, not blemishes in the sampler!)
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