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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Norwich, CT sampler 1787 - from Huber

Elizabeth Moore Huntington - age 8
Needlework Sampler
Norwich, CT dated 1787

Solidly filled black background samplers are rare, and are a characteristic of early Norwich Connecticut samplers. This ambitious example is comprised of the usual alphabets and numbers, followed by three verses of Joseph Addison's hymn, "When all thy mercies, O my God," written in 1712. The borders are unbalanced with random sprigs of flowers and strawberries. A variety of stitches and designs are incorporated in the entirely filled background which must have been a tedious exercise for eight year old Elizabeth in 1787.

Elizabeth Moore Huntington (1779-1823) was born January 20, 1779, one of seven children born to General Jedediah Huntington (1743-1818) and his second wife, Ann Moore, of Virginia, who he married in 1778. Jedediah's first wife was Faith Trumbull, the well-known and very accomplished needlewoman who made several silk embroidered overmantle pictures now owned by CHS, daughter of Governor Jonathan Trumbull and Faith Robinson in 1766. She took her own life in 1775, when she became depressed and her health declined after witnessing the horrors of the Battle of Bunker Hill. They had one son Jabez (1767-1848), who was raised by his grandfather Governor Trumbull. Jedidiah had a brilliant career in the military, politics, and business. Elizabeth Moore Huntington died unmarried.

When all thy mercies O my God my rising foul furveys/ Tranfported with the view I'm lost in wonder love and praise/ O how shall words with equal warmth the gratitude declare/ That glows within my rav'ifh'd heart but thou canst read it there/ Ten thoufand thoufand precious gifts my daily thanks employ/ Nor is the leaft a grateful heart that tafte's thofe gifts with joy/ Elizabeth Moore Huntington's Sampler/ made in the ninth year of her age/ September 10th 1787

Silk on linen; 12 x 15 ¾ inches sight, 15 ½ x 12 ¾ framed.

Exhibited at the Florence Griswold Museum 2010-11, Illustrated in With Needle and Brush (pg 25)


Note: Elizabeth's cousin Ruth Huntington's sampler Link

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