The design of this sampler illustrates the neo-classical influence that is typical of many American decorative arts of the period. Notable to that are the large globe-shaped finials atop the fence posts. Whimsical birds surmount these globes. The outer border is a simple sawtooth pattern which accents the freeformed pattern of vines and blossoms of the inner border.
Size (W x H): 16 x 17 1/2 inches
Stitches: Cross, satin, hem, outline, chain
Media: Silk on linsey-woolsey
Ruth was born 11 January 1795 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the daughter of Edward and Alice (Gale) Homan. Edward and Alice were married on May 25, 1794. Ruth married Jonathan Osborn September 4, 1814. Records indicate that a son, George, drowned in the harbor off Naugus Head on October 2, 1837.
Religion is a Subject the most interesting imPortance and Sublime It is the Arc of
Safety in this world and the anchor of the
Soule through Eternity
(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)
Samplers worked on green linsey-woolsey hold a special appeal to scholars and collectors. One important group was made in the town of Martha Barber, who taught during the late 18th century and first decade of the 19th century. In Vol. 1 of Girlhood Embroidery, Betty Ring discusses the Barber School and refers to the samplers that originated there as "shining examples of the best in American schoolgirl art." Ruth's sampler is specifically mentioned on page 141.