New Baltimore needlework sampler, signed and dated 1836, silk and wool on linen. Floral border with three uppercase and one lowercase alphabets over a verse: O may the joys of earth be ever mine/and oer my path the choicest pleasures shine/ may morning rise in loveliest splendor drest / and evening see me in my wishes blest / May angels deign their holy watch to keep / from hurtful visions to protect my sleep. Below the verse is a cartouche with signature: Hannah Bedell A 11 yrs born 31st of 10th month 1824 / New Baltimore 1836. A row of numbers is below and pictorial motifs flank the sides: basket of flowers (executed in wool), pot of flowers, evergreen trees, bird, and floral sprays. A variety of stitches are used including cross, queen's, eyelet and satin. Original stained wood frame. 17" x 17-1/2" sight, 21" x 21-1/2" framed. Note: while there were several early 19th century towns called New Baltimore, including one in Virginia, the recurring prevalence of the name Hannah Bedell in New York genealogy records suggests this was made in New Baltimore, New York. Provenance: The estate of King E. and Julia R. Stockton, Tulsa, OK. Condition: Sampler is loose in frame and currently mounted to acidic backing but does not appear to be glued down. Overall toning and fading. Some segments of border appear brighter in color and may have been reworked. Some damage to top edge is barely visible under frame. A few small stains to ground.
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