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Alphabet/Verse Sampler. Large balloon like flowers in pots and rose bushes at bottom. Alphabets: #1 missing "J"; #2 "A-W", missing "J"; cross stitch, eyelet hole, chain stitch.
needlework (visual works)
The balloon-like flowers in large baskets are typical of Marblehead-area sampler designs. Miriam Alley lived her entire life in Lynn, Massachusetts. She may have attended school in nearby Marblehead or a Marblehead-trained instructor moved to Lynn and opened a school using similar patterns and techniques.
""BLEST ARE THE ART/OF DOING (?) WELL"" ""Miriam Alley is my name and wit/h my Needlework the Same/in the year 1802 AE 11 Years""
Alley, Miriam, 1791- (Embroiderer)
15 1/4 x 9 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Alice and Emil Ahlborn
Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Marblehead (Essex county, Massachusetts)