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

Salem, MA 1785 sampler from Stephen & Carol Huber

Mary Abbot
Needlework Sampler
Salem, MA 1785

The overall composition, color, and condition of this stunning 18th century Salem, MA sampler is remarkable and pleasing. Mary Abbot, at aged 12, in 1785, probably worked this sampler while a student at Sarah Stivours School in Salem, MA. The long floating stitches are typical of other samplers from that school. A highly decorative and elaborate three sided border frames numerals and several alphabets, a poem: STILL IN THE PATHS OF VIRTUE PERSEVERE/ AND NOT FROM PAST OR PRESENT ILLS DESPAIR/ FOR BLESSING ALWAYS WAIT ON VIRTUOUS DEEDS/ AND THO A LATE A SURE REWARD SCCCEEDS, and the inscription: MARY ABBOT AGED/ 12 MAR 16 - 1785. The bottom section depicts a two-story house with a widows-walk, trees, flowering motifs, dog, stag, sheep, and various birds, all on a green lawn.

Mary Abbot (3 Jan 1772 - 1861) was the second of seven children born to Major General Stephen Abbot (1749-1813) and Sarah Crowell (1750-1805). At age 12 she worked this sampler. At age 23 she married Abijah Chase and they had five children. Mary died at age 88 in 1861 and is buried in Salem.

Silk on linen; 23 ½" x 23 ¼" framed.


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