Mary Booth Sampler
11 1/2" x 14 1/2". 15 " x 18 " including a 19th century bird's eye maple frame with a gilt liner. Mary's lovely Scottish sampler features several little extras that we don't always see on sam-
plers. She signed and dated her sampler but she also gave us her town name of Aberdeen, and she added "Mrs. MC" which was probably a nickname for her teacher. In her depiction of
Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden, the serpent wound around the tree is actually holding an apple in his mouth as he reaches toward Eve. And Eve of course, is reaching for the apple. The
shaggy grass below their feet is both rare and wonderful. When you add in the impressive rosebud garland above the tree you have a very special Adam & Eve sampler.
Her verse reads:
"Jesus Permit Thy Gracious Name to Stand
As the first Efforts of an Infant's Hand
And While Her fingers O'er the Canvass Move
Engage Her Tender Heart to Seek Thy Love
With Thy Own Children Let Her Share a Part
And Write Thy Gracious Name Upon Her Heart".
She signed her sampler, " Mary Booth Aged ten Years
1821 Aberdeen ". She added her parents initials, "GB & MB" as well as other family initials, "MM, IB,WB, GB and
AMC (or possibly AMG).
There are some losses to the stitching, mostly in the verse area. The bottom border shows two fairly large holes in the fabric, one in the left corner and the other about 6 inches to
the right of that. There is one other smaller hole just below the shaggy grass on the right. The sampler has been
mounted on acid-free board.