Hannah Perce, Gloucester County, New Jersey, 1809


Hannah Perce, Gloucester County,

New Jersey, 1809

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sampler size: 17½” square • framed size: 19¼” square • price: $12,500

This beautifully made and very interesting sampler was worked by Hannah Perce who was eleven years in 1809. The Perce family lived in southern New Jersey, where Hannah was born on April 6, 1798 to John and Amy (Eldridge) Perce. As Hannah stitched on her sampler, “They were joined in Wedlock the 30 of June 1796.”

Hannah’s sampler is quite an accomplishment with a fine assortment of stitches. The strawberries and carnations throughout the border as well as in a horizontal band were worked in the queen’s-stitch. Other areas include Irish-stitched and eyelet-stitched patterns. A band of motifs included by Hannah include a small winged cupid, a mother bird feeding her young in the nest, other birds and pots of flowers. The overall effect is splendid.

Hannah made another sampler, also in 1809, which features a stunning large, patterned basket filled with flowers. Birds perch on branches and a delicate budding vine surrounds it. The outline of a parrot about to nibble on a berry appears in the upper right corner. We are delighted to offer both of Hannah’s samplers.

In October of 1814, Hannah married Job Pidgeon (1789-1859), a farmer, also of Gloucester County. They lived in Clement’s Bridge, a nearby farming area. Photocopies of many handwritten documents including the record of their marriage and estate inventories of both John Perce and Job Pidgeon are included in the file that accompanies the sampler. Hannah died by 1829, when Job remarried.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition with one very minor area of weakness to the linen. It has been conservation mounted and is in its very good original inlaid frame.

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