Possibly made in Middletown, Connecticut, United States
Embroidered silk on linen
16 x 22 1/4 in. (40.6 x 56.5 cm)
Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984
Not on view
This unusual sampler, which seems to date from the 1770s, proves that well-to-do families in areas less cosmopolitan than Boston also fell under the spell of heraldry. There were three Sarah Starrs of Middletown, Connecticut, who could have been this sampler's maker: Sarah Starr Ruggles Potter (b. 1760), Sarah Starr Bailey (b. 1763), or Sarah Starr Lathrop (b. 1759). Many members of the extended Starr family resided in Middletown during the eighteenth century; some of the men worked as merchants, perhaps indicated by the scales in the central crest, while others were in shipping.
Inscription: inscribed in upper center: [two alphabets and numerals]; inscribed in center in a banner: The Arms of The Family of STARR; inscribed in lower center: Sarah Starr her sampler Mark'd This in The Thirteenth year of her Age Dec. / 10th 177[?]
the Bautz family, Old Lyme, Connecticut; Florence Maine Antiques, Ridgefield, Connecticut, until 1964; Barbara Schiff Sinauer, died 1984