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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Haverhill, MA sampler - Huber

Ruth Emerson
Antique Nedlework Sampler
Miss Parker's school
Haverhill, Essex County, MA dated 1802

Inscribed: RUTH EMMERSON BORN JANUARY 2 1790/ wrought this in Miss PARKER's School 1802/ HAVERHILL COUNTY ESSEX

Ruth's sampler is one of only three known from the Parker school that actually names Miss Parker as the school mistress, her cousin, Elizabeth Ayer, in 1801, worked one of the other two samplers which is almost identical. Both girls were cousins of the famous poet John Greenleaf Whittier who also lived in Haverhill, MA.

See Betty Ring's book Girlhood Embroideries pages 124-129 for more information on this group of samplers.

Silk on linen; 19 ½" X 21 ½" framed.


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