Makers / Maker's Age: Odiorne, Sarah Catherine Moffat (age 12)
Date Made: 1806
Origin: Portsmouth, NH US
School / Teacher: Miss Ward's School, Portsmouth, NH
Stitches: Hemstitch, Cross, Stem, Bullion, Satin
Embroidery Thread: Silk
Foundation Cloth: Linen
Dimensions: 17"w x 24 1/2" h
Inscriptions: The Ten Commandments (done in top center of sampler, then):(In small cartouche in upper L): Our days begin with trouble here / Our life is but a span / And cruel death is always near / So strange a thing is man / (In small cartouche in upper R): Then sow the seeds of grace / whilst young / That when thou comest to die / Thou'll sing that triumphant song / Death where is thy victory / (In small cartouche in bottom L): Sarah Catherine Moffatt Odiorne aged 12 1806 worked at / Miss Ward's School, / Portsmouth, New Hamp / shire Fear God Honor / your Parents / (In small cartouche in bottom R): Count that / day lost, whose low descending sun, Views from thy hand no worthy / action done / (At center bottom): In memory of Mrs. Sarah / Catherine Moffatt, obit / December 4 1802 AE 60 //
Predominant Motif: 3 alphabets: uppercase script with 26 letters. Various cross bands. At center bottom a memorial urn. 2 large birds in upper R and L corners, 3 vines, wreaths enclosing verses. Memorial verses each done in a separate cartouche. Simple arcaded border with small flower all four sides.
History of Owner: Gift of Mary D. Merrill.
Published in american samplers by bolton & COE, 1921Yes Page #18........... Verses #190. 1747. Page 279. #392. 1802.Page 304. #647. 1795. Page 336. (Staniford's Art of Reading. 3rd Edition. Boston. 1803.)