Needlework Sampler "Mary Shillaber," Danvers, Massachusetts, c. 1776, worked in silk threads on a linen background with four lines of alphabet and numbers above a verse reading: "Accept The Call And Turn Unto Thy God/Fear Not The Tyrants Yoke Nor Cruel Rod/The Lord Our Lawgiver Our Judge And King/Shall In The Mount Appear & Succour Bring/Mary Shillaber Her Sampler Aged 14 1776/When This You See Remember Me," with a scene composed of a large central flowering bush flanked by a woman in a red and yellow striped gown and a man in a red faced green military coat, with trees, birds, and animals around the edges, ht. 15, wd. 12 3/4 in.
Literature: This sampler is discussed and illustrated in Betty Ring Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850, Vol. I (Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 1993) p. 111, fig. 121.
Linen is lightly toned and the man's face appears to be incomplete.
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