Middle Tennessee needlework sampler, silk on linen, signed "miss sarah bonoho" (note reversed b for d), "October the 11 1835." Wide double floral border enclosing four alphabets and the signature/date lines, all separated by lines of various types of stitches. Later stained wood frame. 14-3/4" x 13-5/8" sight, 16" x 15" framed. This sampler has been documented by the Tennessee sampler survey and classified as part of the Green and Group known to have been stitched at the Gallatin Female Academy or the Locust Grove Female Academy. Sarah Donoho (b. 1826 in the part of Sumner County, TN that later became Trousdale County, d. 1904, Dixon Springs, TN) likely attended one of those schools. Her parents were Goldman Donoho (b. 1785-d. aft.1850) and Cynthia Davidson Brevard (b. 1792-d. aft.1840). In 1845, Sarah Donoho married the widowed Dr. James Lauderdale Alexander, the son of neighbor Richard Alexander, and they had five children; this sampler has descended in her family. (Full genealogical report and the Tennessee Sampler Survery report accompany this item). This lot is also accompanied by three images, identified through family notes as Sarah Donoho: a 1/4 plate ambrotype of a woman in black dress with white bonnet; a 1/6 plate tintype of a child standing on a chair held by her mother, visible only in profile, in embossed union case, accompanied by note identifying the subjects as Cynthia Alexander, born Dec. 3 1853 and her mother Sarah Brevard Donoho Alexander born April 17, 1826; and a hand watercolored portrait of a middle aged woman glued to a cabinet card, identified in pen en verso as Sarah Brevard Donoho. Condition: Sampler: Fading to green and white threads (blue and dark brown still vivid). A few scattered small light stains. Couple of small areas (1/8") of ground loss (possible pest damage) at top center above first alphabet. Ambrotype: discoloration spots around edge, some light colored corrosion on subject's purse, other half of union case missing. Tintype: corrosion to metal border and wear at subject's feet, wear to union case. Portrait on paper: Top right corner torn off and missing.
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