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On the Death of A Only Son... sampler
  • Sarah Steer
    active: United States
  • On the Death of A Only Son... sampler, 1806
  • Where object was made: United States
  • silk thread on wool, embroidering
  • Paper Type: cross, satin, stem
  • Object Height/Width: 52.07 x 31.75 cm
    Object Height/Width: 20 1/2 x 12 1/2 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.6813

Sampler with an inscription and foliate designs. There is a rectangle in the center with beveled edges on the top corners (tombstone shape). Inside there is a six stanza poem (mourning poem “On The Death of a Only Son”) with foliate patters in the top left corner, top right corner, and along the bottom to separate another inscription. On the four edges is a border with vines, flowers, bows, and an urn shape at top center. Colors include blue, green, pink, rust, and violet on cream.