Lydia Bartlett,

Lydia Bartlett,

Frankfort, Waldo County, Maine,  1828

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sampler size: 8½” x 15½” • framed size: 11¼" x 18" • price: sold

Lydia Bartlett's sampler was made in Frankfort, a small town in Waldo County, Maine between Belfast and Bangor. Its many alphabets as well as the inscription were worked with deep blue silk, lending a handsome and graphic quality to the sampler.  The capital letter "A" as it appears in two of the alphabets indicates the pervasive continuity of this early form, with the crossbar at the peak of the letter. Note that she misspelled "Maine" and then inserted the letter "i".

The detailed inscription includes, that Lydia, “Was born Friday the first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine.” She was the daughter of Enoch and Elizabeth (Lewis) Bartlett of Frankfort. The Bartlett family had deep roots in New England, beginning with Richard Bartlett (1575-1647), born in England. He emigrated to Massachusetts and settled in Newbury. Three generations later a branch of the family removed to Maine. In 1830, Lydia married Richard Ellingwood (1804-1866), also of Frankfort and they had three children between 1832 and 1837. Lydia died in 1840 and is buried in Ellingwood Cemetery. Remarkably, Richard’s second wife was also named Lydia Bartlett (1819-1907); this made for some confusing genealogical research!

Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into an oak frame.


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