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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 981

1779 Salem Massachusetts Signed Sampler

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

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by Sarah "Sally" Williams (Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, born March 3, 1767 - died October 10, 1850), dated June 1779 at age 13, with the verse "This/Needle Work of/Mine Can Tell Wh/en a Child was Le/arned Well By My/Elders I Was Taugh/t Not To Spend My/Time For Nought", with figures, sheep, and spotted dog standing in a grassy landscape with flowers, in "Salem long-stitch style" in crinkly silk attributed to Sarah Stivour's school (1778-1788), on linen, sight 19-7/8 x 16-3/4 in.; wood frame, 21-1/2 x 18-1/4 in.

Note: Written inscription verso reads "Sarah (Williams) Hodges/wife of Gamaliel Hodges/born in Salem March 3 -1767-/your great great grandmother"

Sarah Williams was the daughter of Captain William Williams and Abigail Williams. Sarah Williams married Captain Gamliel Hodges in 1788, and had three children: John Hodges, Gamaliel Hodges, and Margaret Manning Choate.

Provenance: Private Collection, Columbia, South Carolina


some fading, toning, stains, small losses/holes, laid down to acidic card mount at edges with top right wrapped to verso; frame with some abrasions