Selura Aldrich 1819
Origin and date: New England, 1819
Linen count: 30 count
Finished size: 10-1/4″x11-1/4″
Stitches: Cross, stem, half cross, herringbone, queen, back, Florentine, satin, stem
Source: The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont
This sampler typifies early 19th century American schoolgirl needlework with its alphabets, brief moral verse, and exuberant and disproportionate pictorial scene and borders. A Federal style house is flanked by oversized flowers and an eagle as seen from a childish perspective. The variety of stitches used makes this sampler an excellent early learning tool.
Silk Floss, Cotton Floss, Graph Only, Finished Model