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Sampler

Artist/Maker:
Vierling, Juliana Carolina
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1806
Medium:
silk on linen
Dimensions:
LOA 17; WOA 16 1/2
Accession Number:
2376.1
Description:
Although she never finished her sampler, Juliana Carolina Vierling (1795-1879) had nearly completed it by the time she was eleven years old. The daughter of Dr. Samuel Benjamin Vierling and his wife, Martha Elizabeth Miksch, Juliana stitched both her name and her initials. The initials on the plinth ar her mother’s. The initials at the top of the sampler are those of her siblings born by the time the sampler was dated in 1806.

DESCRIPTION: Unfinished sampler on linen; alphabet at top and name Juliana Carolina Vierling in blue and the initials ICV is larger brown letters; center is occupied by a small wreath-like ornament and under this, at the base, is a square alter-like object draped with swags and with flowers at top and marked with MEV (for Martha Elisabeth Vierling, her mother). There is a trailing flower border at either side and top; the date 1806 is within central wreath.

History:
HISTORY: Juliana Carolina Vierling born September 27, 1795 in Salem, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Dr. Samuel Benjamin Vierling and Martha Elisabeth Vierling, m.n. Miksch.

Although she apparently never finished her sampler, Juliana Carolina Vierling (1795-1879) nearly completed it when she was eleven years old. The daughter of Dr. Benjamin Vierling and his second wife Martha Elizabeth (Miksch) Vierling, Juliana included both her own name and her initials. The initials on the plinth are her mother’s. The initials at the top of the sampler are those of her siblings born by the time the sampler was dated.
In October of 1822 at the age of twenty-seven she moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Credit Line:
Gift of Julia K. Kiernan