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

Salem, MA Sampler - Huber

Possibly Salem, MA sampler - Huber

Initialed L D
Needlework Sampler
Possibly Salem, MA c.1780

This decorative, charming sampler may have been worked by a student at Sarah Stivours School in Salem, MA. The long floating stitches are typical of other samplers from that school. Framed in a bold three-sided flowering vine border between geometric bands are alphabets, an initialed inscription: L D, and a excerpt from a Isaac Watts hymn: MY SOUL COME MEDITATe/ THE DAYS AND THINK HO/ W NEAR IT STA(N)DS WHEN/ THOU MUST QUIT THIS/ HOUSE OF CLAY AND FLy/ TO UNKNOWN LANDS. Depicted at the bottom, in a folksy vignette, is a standing couple, bird, a goose, a flying insect, and two friendly four legged animals.

L D may be the initials of the maker or possibly the teacher.

Silk on linen; 19 ½" x 19 ¼" framed.


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