Needlework Sampler "Hannah Byrn," made at Sarah Stivours' School, Salem, Massachusetts, dated 1788, stitched in silk on linen with eight lines of alphabet over the stitched inscription "HANNA BYRN AE 10 AD 1788 ECLARE/HER LIFE THIS USEFUL LESSON SHOULD A/VIRTUE ALONE DESERVE OUR SERIOUS CARE," above a scene with two trees, basket of flowers, peacock, dog, owl, lamb, and floral vines, not framed, ht. 11 1/2, wd. 10 1/4 in.
Provenance: Collection of Madeline Fisher.
Note: Lot includes a photocopy of a letter from Betty Ring to a previous owner regarding the sampler expressing her opinion that it was almost certainly created at Sarah Stivours' School, Salem, Massachusetts, and suggest that Hannah was the daughter of Simon and Hannah Byrn.
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