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Embroidered Sampler

Ruth Rogers (born ca. 1731)
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Embroidered silk on linen
18 1/4 x 9 in. (46.4 x 22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984
Accession Number:
Not on view
This sampler features the figures of Adam and Eve, modestly covered with applied crocheted fig leaves. Adam and Eve samplers were popular in the Boston area during the first half of the eighteenth century. Most retain the long, narrow proportions commonly found in earlier English examples. Certain decorative motifs, such as the hexagonal band at the center of this sampler, are found only in Boston needlework of the eighteenth century.
Inscription: inscribed: [three alphabets]; inscribed at bottom: RUTH ROGERS / ENDED THIS / SAMPLE IN THE / 8TH YEAR OF HER / AGE 1739
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York, until 1953; Barbara Schiff Sinauer, New York, 1953–1984
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