Mary Ann Baugher, Berlin,

Mary Ann Baugher, Berlin,

Adams County, Pennsylvania, 1832

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sampler size: 17¾” x 18” • framed size: 21” x 21¼” • sold

This is a beautifully worked sampler with an unusually complete inscription: “Mary Ann Baugher was Born January the 12th in the year of our Lord 1823 And finished this work October the 22nd in the year of our Lord 1832,” and further, underneath the flower basket, “This Sampler wrought by Mary Ann Baugher And Taught by Lydia Kesselring Berlin AD PA.” Berlin is a town in Adams County (abbreviated as AD), just west of York County, central and along the southern border of Pennsylvania. The Baugher family had lived in the area for generations at that point.

Mary Ann’s great-grandfather, Rev. John George Baugher (1725-1791), was born in Germany and emigrated to the Pennsylvania with his wife and children, settling in York County. Mary Ann Baugher was the daughter of George William Baugher and his wife, Nancy (Picking) Baugher. As stitched on the sampler, she was born on January 12, 1823; she was the 8th of their 10 children. The family lived in Berlin. Mary Ann remained single and died in 1898, buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in York.

We are also able to identify Mary Ann’s teacher, Lydia Kesselring, whose name appears on another fine sampler that we owned some years ago, that one made circa 1833. Lydia was born in 1810 and was teaching in Adams County prior to her marriage in 1839.

Mary Ann’s sampler boasts an excellent pictorial composition centered on the flower basket with birds perched on flower branches. She used a very good variety of stiches including a praiseworthy border of queen’s-stitch strawberries and an inner border of large blossoms and shaded leaves. Both the needlework and the palette evidence an appealing delicacy. The verse, a classic presentation of religious hopes and prayers, ends with a declarative statement found on other samplers, “While on this glowing canvas stands / The labours of my youthful hands. Faith Hope and Charity.” 

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition; it has been conservation mounted into a gold leaf frame.

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