Deborah Fullar, Topsham, Maine, 1806

Deborah Fullar, Topsham, Maine, 1806

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sampler size: 15” x 10¾” • frame size: 18” x 13¾” • sold

While relatively few were made, samplers worked on green linsey-woolsey generally originate from the coastal towns of southern Maine, New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. Signed, “Done dy [sic] Deborah Fullar aged nine years Topsham Oct 3 1806,” this endearing alphabet sampler was worked with a delicate hand. Topsham is just across the Androscoggin River from Brunswick, in southern Maine.

Born on September 17, 1798 in Topsham, Maine, Deborah was the daughter of Jarius and Eunice (Harding) Fullar / Fuller, who were married in Brunswick in 1793. The Topsham Vital Records publish much in regard to the family, indicating that Jarius and Eunice had at least eight children. In 1823 Deborah married Stephen Sewall Stinson (1794-1864) and they had six children, again according to town Vital Records. Deborah died on December 9, 1853 in Topsham.

Worked in silk on linsey-woolsey, the sampler is in very good condition, with some weakness. It has been conservation mounted and is in a fine 19th century gold leaf frame. 

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