Embroidered Sampler

Maker: Maria Lalor

Date: 1793

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silk embroidery on linen

Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (14 x 16.5 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Elizabeth M. Riley, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.100


Miniature samplers, like this charming example, are fairly unusual. This type of simple sampler was undertaken by a little girl, usually younger than age ten. Possibly made at a "dame school," its purpose was to help the child learn letters and numbers as well as basic embroidery skills. The motto would have been considered an appropriately modest and feminine sentiment.