Elizabeth (Betsey) Haggens
Samplers on green background linen are quite rare and like this example, usually very graphic. This fabulous
piece was worked by Eliza Haggens at age 12 who lived in Berwick, York, Maine (southwest Maine near New Hampshire).
Numerals, several alphabets, a bizarre verse; Then ask not bodies doom'd to die/ To what abode they go/ Since Knowledge
is but Sorrow spy/ Tis better not to know, and an inscription; Eliza Haggens Born January th9 1787 AE12,
are colorfully stitched in the center of the sampler. The two, sides, and bottom are mirror image embroidered flowering
vases, stylized trees, and centered at the bottom is a stylized carnation, (which interestingly is the same carnation
that appears on several Newburyport, MA samplers). Across the bottom are four geometric motifs and at the top corners
and near the bottom Eliza stitched twentysix birds mirror imaged with thirteen on each side.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER