Mary Stringer

The novel configuration of alphabets, numerals, and ligatures across the top third of this sampler make it an interesting and attractive needlework exercise. The blocks of letter combinations are similar to those on Quaker samplers, there called the rule to mark napkins, but here are simply groups of alphabetical sequence, rather than initials and numerals. The ligatures at the center are found on Quaker samplers as well, often in sequence with alphabets. While probably not a student at a Quaker school, Mary, or her teacher, might have been influenced by the designs produced there. We are unsure if the original sampler is English or American.

Origin and date: England or America, circa 1815
Rated: Beginning
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 13"x13-1/2"
Stitches: Cross, eyelet, counted satin
Source: Private collection

Kit with cotton floss: $50.00
Kit with silk floss: $80.00
Graph only: $7.00
Finished Model: $450.00