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Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
silk on linen
unframed; HOA: 3 1/4″; WOA: 5 7/8″
Accession Number:
Diminuitive cross-stitched sampler stitched with silk thread on linen ground; the edges of the linen are folded under and basted to the back; Border of stright vine (line) with strawberries above and below the line; On left are the initials E.L. above a house of pink, blue, green, and yellow with a tree (possibly a willow) to the left of the house; to the right of the house are three horizontal groups of letters/ numbers seprated by cross-stitched lines. The first line consists of ABC 123; The second XYZ 1819; and the third EliZ. Salem.
This piece was part of the George Judd collection and was sold at the auction of his estate in November 2014. According to the sellers, this piece has a Leinbach family connection. There are several Elizabeth Leinbachs that could have made this sampler. The house is a central chimney plan sinilar to what was popular in Salem, North Carolina, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The simplicity of the sampler suggests that it was worked by a young child and may have been her first attempt to make a sampler. The Salem Girls’ Boarding School records do not include an Elizabeth Leinbach, but she would likely have been in the school for town girls and might not have been listed among boarders. It’s possible as well that this sampler was made at home given it’s naivete’.
Credit Line:
Gift of Barry R. & Sybill Sidden