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

Plymouth, MA sampler from Huber

Susan Finney
Antique sampler
Plymouth, MA dated 1830

Susan at age 10 stitched this very colorful sampler from the Plymouth, MA emphasizing various flowers. Typical of Plymouth samplers is the octagonal format and the bottom panel that incorporates needlework and painting. The school was taught by Sarah and Deborah Turner and their Swedish sister-in-law Maria deVerdier Turner who married their sea captain brother Lothrop Turner when he was on a voyage to Sweden. Although neither spoke the others language, they fell in love and married and returned to the States during the War of 1812. She was an accomplished needlewoman and painter and brought her skills to the school.

Susan born in 1819 was the daughter of Ephraim Finney and Phebe Wright, at age 26 in 1845 she married James H. Shaw, all in Plymouth, MA.

Silk & paint on linen; 16 x 16 sight.


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