Sarah B. Wright, New Egypt,

Sarah B. Wright, New Egypt,

Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1827

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sampler size: 16¾” x 17¼” • framed size: 17¼” x 17¾” • price: $6800

The maker of this sampler was Sarah Baker Robbins Wright, born on June 15, 1816. She was the daughter of John Baker Wright and Rebecca (Gregory) Wright of New Egypt, Monmouth County (now in Ocean County), in central New Jersey. The Wright family had been early settlers of New Jersey, with their emigrant ancestor, Joshua Wright, settling near Falls (Trenton) as early as 1695.

Sarah was about 11 years old when she stitched this nicely developed sampler using a number of classic Quaker motifs. She worked flower sprigs and overstuffed baskets alongside a verse and her inscription, and included her parents’ names, as well as the name of one brother, Thomas, who was just younger than she. A simple pastoral scene was worked underneath, and a flowering and leafy vine surrounds it on four sides.

Records of the John Baker Wright family were published in the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, vol. 69, no. 3 (1994). Sarah was the third of the eight children in this family and married Abraham T. Burtis. She died in 1907 in Hornerstown, NJ. An extensive file of genealogical research accompanies Sarah’s work.

Her fine sampler remains in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a mahogany frame with line inlay.

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