Ruthey Mackay 1780
Origin and date: New England, circa 1780
Linen count and finished size: 25 count, 13-1/2″x10-1/2″
Stitches: Cross, sawtooth, satin, eyelet
Source: The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
A very pretty, nicely balanced, quirky little American marking sampler, Ruthey distinguished her work by stitching the large, graceful flower in the lower third, flanked by eager little birds. The last two digits of the date disappear under the edge of the frame, which perhaps Ruthey did not mind much in later years as it kept her true age a mystery.