Miss C. Redman’s Seminary,
Trenton, New Jersey, circa 1830
Made in Trenton, New Jersey, this sampler offers assorted motifs, including a central Quaker octagonal Emblem of Love featuring a pair of birds. The composition is quite symmetrical both vertically and horizontally. A verse above the emblem, the third stanza from the Hymn Be ye followers of Christ, offsets Elizabeth’s inscription. Butterflies, a variety of flowers, sprigs and in pots, and birds create the horizontal balance, and a vine of assorted flowering buds create the border on all four sides.
Despite the notable information stitched on it, the identities of Miss Lukens and her teacher cannot be determined. As stated in her inscription, Elizabeth stitched her sampler at “Miss C. Redman’s Seminary in the 10 year of her age Trenton N.J.” and it’s possible that further research will reveal more information.
Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in very good condition with some very slight loss to the flowers in the border. It has been conservation mounted into a black painted, molded frame.