Needlework Sampler, "Rebecca Whites Sampler worked in the twelfth year of her age 1797," possibly Lancaster, Massachusetts, stitched with silk threads on a linen ground, with rows of alphabets over a large potted flower, flanked by baskets of fruit and flowers and enclosed on three sides with a sawtooth border and a wide geometric flowering vine, (toning), 17 1/2 x 11 3/4 in., unframed.
Note: This sampler is possibly the work of Rebecca White (b. April 10, 1785), the first child of nine born to Joseph and Rebecca (Hoar) White of Lancaster, Massachusetts. The sampler was found in the 1970s, in the home of a relative of Mary Elizabeth Sawyer (Mary of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb") of Sterling, Massachusetts, (Sterling was once part of Lancaster). The name "Mary L. Sawyer" is inscribed on a paper label stitched to the u.l. of the sampler.