(Description taken from Betty Ring's auction catalogue Januarary 2012 at Sotheby's)
FAMILY RECORD NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER, MARY HUSTON, BELLEFONTE, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1818
Worked in silk threads on a linen ground.
Height 20 3/4 in. by width 17 in.
Green Bottle Antiques, Houston, Texas, 1964
American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of
American Folk Art (p. 45, fig. 77)
The lettering and floral sprays of this unfinished sampler reflect Quaker instruction. It is attributed to Mary
Huston (1806-1826), the daughter of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Charles Huston (1771- 1849) and Mary Winters
(c. 1776-1845) of Bellefonte, Centre County. Another child, Lucy, was born in 1819. Mary, a Presbyterian, was probably
taught by Miss Sarah Tucker, a Quakeress, and the best-known schoolmistress in Bellefonte from 1807 until about
1825. About 1821, Lucy Winters Alexander, Mary's first cousin, worked a sampler with exactly the same house, and
her alphabet, in the same bold Quaker style, also lacks the letter V . Lucy' s sampler is now at the Centre County
Library and Historical Museum , Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
ESTIMATE with 25% buyers premium $7,500 - $10,000
Special Offering: Sold
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