Schoolgirl needlework sampler, silk on linen, signed Emma Elizabeth Cooper, aged 12 Years. Distinctive double diamond border enclosing four alphabets and one set of numbers worked in cross stitch and eyelet stitch, with additional decorative borders in Queen's stitch, flat/flame stitch, cat stitch, and tent or petit point. A verse reads "No radiant pearl which crested fortune wears/ No gem that twinkling hangs from beauty's ears/ Nor the bright stars, which nigh's blue arch adorn/ Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn/ Shine with such lustre as the tear that breaks/ For others' wo (sic), down Virtue's manly cheeks. Stained hardwood frame is possibly old but may not be original. 14-3/4" x 16" sight, 16-5/8" x 18" framed. Provenance: Emma Elizabeth Cooper was born July 20, 1796 in Washington, Maine, the daughter of General John Cooper and Elizabeth Savage (of Boston). She attended the Litchfield Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1819. She married Rufus King Port in 1820 and lived with him in Machias, Maine, where they had three children. Emma Elizabeth Cooper Port died in 1827 at the age of 31. Condition: Fading and light discoloration (particularly at 1/2" area near word "virtue", 1/2" area of ground loss at lower center border. Sampler has been placed against a later backing but appears to have a few scattered fragments of a previous paper backing stitched to some outer edges. Not examined out of frame. Frame has some veneer losses and chips to corners.
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