Hannah Comstock,

Hannah Comstock,

Providence, Rhode Island, 1803

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Sampler size: 16½” x 12½” • Framed size: 20¼” x 16¼” • sold

A handsome and carefully worked piece, this sampler is signed, "Hannah Comstock's sampler wrought at eleven years of age Providence October the eleventh one thousand eight hundread and 3.” Alphabets, the inscription with its unusual phasing, a row of beautifully stitched strawberries and a full version of a classic sampler verse are all surrounded by an interesting geometric-patterned border.

Hannah Comstock was born June 5, 1792 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, the daughter of Henry Comstock (1767-1848) and his wife Sarah (Greene) Comstock (1766-1800) who were married in 1788. Hannah was the third of their ten children.

A History and Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America by John Adams Comstock (California, 1949) is highly informative about this family. The Comstock family in America began with William Comstock who sailed from England and arrived in Massachusetts in 1635. After one generation, a branch of the family removed to Rhode Island, settling in Providence.

In 1808, Hannah married James Aldrich (1786-1858) of Smithfield and they had nine children. The family headed west by 1815, eventually settling in Michigan. Hannah died in 1883 and is buried in Cass County, Michigan.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition with some very minor stabilization to the linen. It has been conservation mounted and is in a maple and mahogany frame.

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