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Sampler

Artist/Maker:
Meinung, Lisette Caroline
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1822
Medium:
silk on linen
Dimensions:
WOA 22 1/2; HOA 17
Accession Number:
3422
Description:
Completed when Lisette Caroline Meinung (1812-1855) was ten years old, this sampler includes several of the motifs common on Salem samplers such as the wreath with the maker’s initials and the well. In 1830 at the age of eighteen, Lisette became a teacher at the Salem Girls’ Boarding school, a post she hedt until 1840.

DESCRIPTION: A multicolored, cross-stitched alphabet and number sampler, decorated at bottom in the right corner with a blue and pink well with black rope and bucket. Also across the bottom are 2 small blue birds together holding a heart, a vase with a plant, a bowl of flowers in the left corner, and three other flower motifs. In the center is a flower-wreath motif encircling the letters “LCM” and the date “1822”. The first row of letters begins with 2 capital “A’s”. The “Z” on that row crosses the outside border. The sampler bears several different border patterns. The five alphabets omit the letter “j”.

The small sprays of flowers and leaf-and-flower cartouche seen on a number of Salem school samplers are similar to motifs stitched on Quaker samplers. It is possible that borrowing occured between Quaker and Moravian needleworkers in Pennsylvania. The covered well, with bucket and chain, is familiar motif on 18th-century German samplers, where it appears alone or with the figures of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well (New Testament Book of John 4:4-42).

History:
From the Hallie Meinung estate; attributed to Lisette Caroline Meinung, born 8 January 1812 – d. 1855. Her father was Frederick Christian Meinung, surveyor. Lisetta and her family were members of the Moravian settlement at Salem, North Carolina. She attended Salem Girls’ Boarding School and later became a teacher at the school. Lisette never married.
Credit Line:
Old Salem Museum & Gardens