Elizabeth S. Coles,

Elizabeth S. Coles,

Springfield, Union County, New Jersey, 1846

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sampler size: 17½" x 17" • framed size: 20½" x 20" • price: $1100

An interesting sampler, this combines alphabets, a popular verse of the period and two memorial tombs with weeping willow trees. The maker was Elizabeth S. Coles, age 10, and she was memorializing her sister who had died as a young child, Sarah S. Coles (1828-1833), and her uncle, John Norton Scudder (1817-1846). The family lived in Springfield, west of Newark and both Sarah Coles and John Scudder are buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Springfield. Elizabeth was born in 1836, the daughter of James and Mary Pierson (Scudder) Coles.

A large wreath worked in a Berlin pattern that was gaining in popularity in the 1840s, centers the composition with a butterfly providing a nice bit of animation. 

The sampler was worked in wool and silk on linen and is in very good condition with some very minor areas of loss to the linen. It has been conservation mounted and is in its original mahogany veneer frame.

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