Sophia Young,

Sophia Young,

Athol, Massachusetts, 1838

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sampler size: 16½” x 17½” • framed size: 19” x 20” • price: $2800

Sophia was born on June 25, 1829 in Athol, a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Joseph and Sophia (Field) Young who were married there in 1817 and had four children. Field Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Hammond Press, Chicago, 1901) chronicles the Field family and describes Sophia’s grandfather, Zechariah Field (1768-1858) as an enterprising businessman who led, “an upright life, with a strong and loving nature.” By 1814 he was operating a tavern that was “favorably known throughout the surrounding county.”

When Sophia was nine years old, she worked this handsome sampler with bold alphabets and a double chimney house set on a lawn and flanked by large baskets of fruit. The three-sided border is a lovely vine of flowers and leaves that frames the sampler well. In the overall, it is fine accomplishment for such a young girl. We have recently learned of a particularly fine quilt that was worked by Sophia’s mother, circa 1835-40. This quilt, in the Orange Peel pattern, is in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village and published in Northern Comfort New England’s Early Quilts 1780-1850 From the Collection of Old Sturbridge Village by Lynne Z. Bassett and Jack Larkin (Rutledge Hill Press, 1998) as plate 41. Clearly needlework was a priority in the Young family and both mother and daughter demonstrated their skills beautifully. Sophia Young died at age 18 in 1848; she is buried along with her parents in Northfield, Massachusetts.

The sampler is worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a black painted, molded frame.

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