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

Plymouth, MA Needlework sampler dated 1766 from Huber

Joanna Perkins
Early Band Sampler
Boston, MA dated 1766

A rare early sampler worked in Boston, MA, that consists of several intricate bands of various stitches and designs and motifs followed by two alphabets and a verse cherish every moment.

Make much of precious Time while in your power/ be carful well to husband every Hour/ For time will come when you will Lament/ The happy moments that you have mispent.

At the bottom is another alphabet and numerals 1 - 14, more bands, and an inscription:

Ioanna Perkins Aged Eleven years December 21st 1766. And at the very bottom are the words Memento Mori meaning - remember you will die.

Joanna was born in Plymouth County, MA in 1755 and it is not clear if her family lived in Boston in 1766 or if she was sent to school in Boston.

The overall message in this sampler is DON'T WASTE YOUR PRECIOUS TIME.

Silk on linen; 16 ¼" x 10 ¼" sight.


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