Makers / Maker's Age: Pierce, Mary (age 14)
Date Made: 1770
Origin: VA (?) US
School / Teacher:
Stitches: Cross, Satin, Eyelet, Chain, Stem, Flat.
Embroidery Thread: Silk
Foundation Cloth: Linen
Dimensions: 13 1/2"w x 17 1/2" h
Inscriptions: The Ten Commandments in Verse E / / (on L): 1 Thou shalt have none other God but me / 3. Take not the sacred name of God in vain / 4 Nor dare his sabath to profane / 5. Give to thy parents honor due / (On R): 6. Be careful thou no murder do. / 7. Refrain from words and deeds unclean / 8 Nor steal though thou be poor and mean / 9. Make not a willful lie nor love it / 10. What is anothers do not covet. / / (On L): Our father ate forbidden fruit / And from his glory fell / (On R): And we his children thus were brought / To death and near to hell / (At the bottom): Mary Pierce, her work. / Finished in the Fourteenth / year of her age - 1770 . //
Predominant Motif: 1 alphabet: 26 letters. Numbers 1-4. Adam & Eve beneath the Tree of Knowledge with the asp twined around the trunk. Two birds next to a basket of flowers on each side. Tree on L & R at bottom. Wide cross bands between each section divide sampler into 4 panels. Reversing arcaded strawberry border all 4 sides.
History of Owner: #1961.2 Gift of Catherine Harrison
Published in american samplers by bolton & COE, 1921No