Sally Morse circa 1790
Origin and date: Searsport, Maine, circa 1790
Linen count and finished size: 30 count, 5″x7″
Stitches: Cross, counted thread satin
Source: Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania
This sampler comes from Searsport, Maine, and is typical of so many small American marking samplers that have survived. Made of sturdy unbleached homespun linen and stitched with vegetable-dyed silk, a stylized three-sided strawberry border surrounds alphabets, numerals and an inscription, over a more ambitious floral motif.