1833 Laura Brewster alphabet schoolgirl sampler


19th century American classic alphabet schoolgirl sampler by Laura Brewster dated 1833. The top four rows are alphabets in a color similar to the backing fabric, ending with a series of numbers worked over single threads. The next large alphabet of capital letters are worked in square eyelet stitches, with borders of Queen’s stitch, more square eyelets and a square stitch pulled thread pattern. The bottom row with name and date are worked in script lettering in a pretty robin’s egg blue silk thread. Border is a classic strawberry motif. All colors are twisted silk thread on light golden tan linen.

Condition is generally good with some issues: colors are somewhat faded, although there is not much difference between the front and back of the sampler. No stitch loss but some thread ends are loose. Ground fabric is worn across the large A-G alphabet line, most likely from the piece having been stored folded, and has resulted in missing threads near C, D F and G letters. There is some light soiling and discoloration along the outer edge.

The sampler measures 10-1/4″ wide by 12″ high. It is unframed and will be shipped rolled in acid-free paper in a tube.  A signature will be required at delivery.  Shipping within the USA is included in the price, and will be billed separately for overseas customers.

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