Mary D. King, New England, 1823
Within the world of Schoolgirl needlework, we occasionally find a sampler worked onto deep olive green linsey-woolsey . . . a combination of vertical bluish-green linen threads (warp) and yellow-green wool horizontal filler (weft). According to Betty Ring in Girlhood Embroidery, Volume I, page 112, "A growing preference for samplers worked on a green ground became noticeable near the turn of the century. They appeared in Boston as early as 1788, and later throughout New England . . . they were especially popular in the coastal region from the northern shore of Massachusetts to southern Maine".
The sampler is worked in gold, ivory, and peat colored silk onto linsey-woolsey and is inscribed Mary D. King, aged 8 years in the year of our Lord, 1823. Mary has chosen probably the most popular verse used on samplers and it reads:
Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand
As the first efforts of an infants hand
And while her fingers over this canvas move
Engage her tender heart to seek thy love
With thy dear children let her share a part
And write thy name thyself upon her heart
Sophisticated collectors realize the extreme rarity of linsey-woolsey samplers. Highly prized and sought after, this sampler by Mary D. King is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into a beveled and figured tiger maple frame and protected with Tru Vue glass.
Sampler Size (sight) is 17-1/2" x 17-1/2"
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