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).