American silk on linen schoolgirl alphabet and verse sampler with house and tree motifs, attributed to Massachusetts, signed and dated "Sally Sweetser's Work Aged 11 Years 1807". Top four alternating lines consisting of upper case and lower case alphabet rows and a strawberry vine row above a four line verse reading "Stamp virtue's law upon thy youthful heart. Then meek eyd [sic] innocence shall never thee depart. But thou shalt imitate the rising sun. Increaseth virtuous splendor till lifes glass hath run". Lower half incorporating a house or church with a tree and flowers above a blue field and strawberry vine row and the maker's name, age and date. All within a flowering vine border. Housed in a gilt and ebonized wood frame. Sight: 19 1/4" H x 16 1/4" W. Framed: 21" H x 18" W. Note: Genealogy records show a Sally Sweetser born 1796 in Royalston, Worcester, Massachusetts to Philip Sweetser and Persis Joslin Sweetser. CONDITION: Overall toning to fabric with some fading to threads with a few areas of spotting. Two areas of possible repair with black thread. Scattered minor thread loss with one loose thread noted.
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