Probably made in Essex County, Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Embroidered silk on linen/wool
18 1/4 x 15 in. (46.4 x 38.1 cm)
Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984
Not on view
This piece belongs to a group of the least formal samplers thought to have been made under the tutelage of one Salem teacher. Worked in silk on a green linsey-woolsey ground, they often have flowering vine borders and a crisscross woven basket of flowers. More elegant versions of this type of basket can be found as carved ornaments on Federal furniture made in the Salem area. Other motifs on this sampler--the sawtooth border and the row of stylized strawberries beneath Priscilla's name--relate to earlier local examples. The motto on this sampler seems to have been particularly popular; it is also stitched on Rebekah Munro's Providence sampler (ca. 1791; 1984.331.13) and Emily Kittredge's sampler from Nelson, New Hampshire (1826; 1984.331.5).
Inscription: inscribed in center: [two alphabets]; How Blest The Maid, Whom Circling Years / Improve, Her God The Object Of Her / Warmest Love. Whose Useful Hours / Successive As They Glide. / The Book The / Needle And The Pen Divide. [1 - 9] / Priscilla T. Glover Aged 13 Anno Domini / 1798