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Catalog Number 0005.017.4758
Collection History Collection
Object Name Sampler
Place of Origin United States
Maker Durland, Alletta Ann
Date 1838
Material Silk/linen
Dimensions W-19 L-19 inches
Notes Square sampler of fine linen; central section has verse "VIRTUE":
Virtue, the strength and beauty of the soul,
Is the best gift of Heaven: a happiness
That even above the smiles and frowns of fate
Exalts great nature's favorites: a wealth
That ne'er encumbers: nor to baser hands
Man justly boasts of, or can call his own."

in dark brown silk, cross stitched. Below that:
"Alletta Ann Durland
age 13 years
June 1838"

In this central location, top corners, one rose each, sides, sprigs of flowers; lower corners, baskets of flowers. Central square bordered with triangles in green satin stitch. Outer border stylized flowers and leaves in meandering border. All work, except for inner border, is in cross stitch. Original wood frame, inner edge narrow bands of gold, black.
Credit line Gift of Jane Smith, 1961.