Sarah Bailiff's Sampler

Description
Four block alphabets of 26 letters. One script alphabet to "P"; no "J." Numbers to 4. Each row worked in one color, and all rows separated by simple geometric crossbands. Two strawberry plants to right of verse. No border. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, Algerian eye, four-sided, upright gobelin, satin, stem, hem. THREAD COUNT: warp 26, weft 28/in.
Inscriptions:
"Now mark the Sequel May Your mind
In wiSdomS waYS true PleaSure find
Grow StronG in virtu rich in truth
And Year bY Year renew itS youth
Till in the late triumphant hoUr
The SPirit Shall the fleSh overPoWer
ThiS from itS SUfferinGS Gain releaSe
And that taKe WinG and Part in PeaCe
Sarah BaILIff'S SamPler done Nov 27 1839"
Background:
Sarah Bailiff gave her sampler to a member of Justice Alfred Moore's family at Moorefields, North Carolina, their summer home. It descended in that family until it was given to the Smithsonian. Sarah Bailiff's date of birth has not yet been identified.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1839
maker
Bailiff, Sarah
Physical Description
linen (ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
Measurements
overall: 18 1/8 in x 16 1/2 in; 46.0375 cm x 41.91 cm
Place Made
unknown
ID Number
TE*T12722
catalog number
T12722
accession number
238996
subject
Textiles
Alphabets
Samplers
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Samplers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Rebecca Waddell Cushman

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