Caroline Augusta Eaton,

Caroline Augusta Eaton,

Cincinnati, Ohio, 1825

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sampler size: 21½” x 16¾” • framed size: 25¼” x 20½” • sold

Samplers made in Ohio are decidedly more rare than those made in eastern states. Scholars, collectors and curators have tracked and studied these for years, culminating in Sue Studebaker’s exhibition and book, Ohio Is My Dwelling Place Schoolgirl Embroideries 1800-1850 (Ohio University Press, 2002). Caroline Augusta Eaton’s large and beautifully worked sampler presents quite a few alphabets and a long verse; she stitched the date, her name and her hometown at with other lines of lettering - 1825 in large digits five rows from the top, “caroline augusta eaton” in white silk at the center and “cincinnati ohio” at the end of the long verse along the bottom. The sources of the text are Proverbs30:8-9, King James Version and Hymns for Sermons by Isaac Watts.

A wonderful sawtooth framework surrounds this work with a beautiful border of stylized carnations and strawberries forming a wide outer border. Various stiches were used throughout with the four-sided stitch for the third alphabet down and the eyelet stitch forming the largest one.

Mrs. Studebaker knew of this sampler in 2006 and felt that Caroline Augusta was likely the daughter of Mrs. Margaret Eaton, a widow who lived in Cincinnati as recorded by the 1830 census.

This sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a beveled, figured maple frame.


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