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Dolly Dawes, Windsor, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, 1819

This exceedingly vibrant New England sampler was worked by Dolly Dawes in 1819. Dolly was born 31 July 1806 to John and Dolly Dawes in Windsor, a small town in extreme Western Massachusetts in the Berkshires, 7 miles east of the New York border.

Her sampler features a visual impact, horizontal garland band with navy blue highlights done in advanced queen stitch, exotic tropical macaws and other folky birds, an exuberant basket, and a lawn worked in queen stitch.   A deep navy blue sawtooth border on all four sides neatly frames the piece. It is conserved at approximately 15"x 19" in a period antique figured maple frame.

This charming and visual New England Academy sampler with advanced skill queen stitching is worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition.


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