Caroline Meserve, probably Jefferson,

Caroline Meserve, probably Jefferson,

Lincoln County, Maine, 1827

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sampler size: 17½” x 15” • framed size: 19½” x 17” • sold

Signed, “Wrought by Caroline Meserve in 1827 when twelve years of age under the care of N. Cook,” this is a beautifully made sampler with a fine scene of a house with trees and a wonderful, large bird on a shimmering green satin stitched lawn. The careful stitching of the many alphabets and the classic quotation, “Tis education forms the common mind / Just as the twig is bent the trees inclin’d,” provides ample indication of Caroline’s skill, as well as the excellent direction of her teacher.

The Meserve / Meservey family lived throughout New England and research points to a specific Caroline Meserve, from Jefferson, Maine, which is north of Damariscotta. Town histories also show that the Cook family was a prominent one. Records indicate that she was born in 1813, so it may have been that her arithmetic was a bit off, or, as is often the case, record keeping wasn’t precise. Caroline was the daughter of Nathaniel and Ruth (Winslow) Merserve, the 9th of their 11 children. She married William Moody and they had 6 children born between 1836 and 1852. The family remained in Maine, living initially in Nobleboro and then removing to Liberty in Waldo County. Caroline died in 1894 and is buried in Hannon Cemetery.

Caroline used a soft palette of colors, as evidenced by a photo taken of the reverse of the sampler (see below). Worked in silk on linen, it is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into a molded and painted black frame.

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