Emma Elizabeth Smith Sampler
Atkinson, Henry County, Illinois
16" x 16". 18 1/2" x 18 1/2 " including a modern frame. Emma Elizabeth Smith was born on May 5, 1857 in Atkinson, Illinois. That makes this an exceptionally rare sampler. Emma's
parents were John Wesley Smith and Sarah Ann Rummell. She married Samuel Kiner in December of 1874, and George Edwin Perkins on July 3, 1891. She was buried in Geneseo, Illinois so
she lived her entire life in Illinois. Emma worked her sampler at the age of 10. She included an alphabet, numbers, verses, florals, birds, baskets of fruit and a charming pictoral. There is a
lady in a striped dress standing in her garden filled with flowers, birds, dogs and a hillside leading up to her house. She signed her lovely sampler " Emma Elizabeth Smith 1867."
Emma's verse reads:
Let all thy Converse be sincere;
Thy Conscience as the Noon Day clear;
Think how the all seeing God thy ways,
And all thy secret thoughts surveys.
Virtue's the chiefest Beauty of the Mind
The noblest Ornament of human kind
Virtue's our Safeguard and our guiding star
That stirs up Reason when our Senses err"
There is a fair amount of thread loss in Emma's sampler. Most of the losses are in the alphabet and the border. There
is also a cut in the fabric along the right border as well as some darkening to the center of the sampler. But, in spite of its losses, this is still an exceptionally rare and special piece of
needlework. It has been mounted on acid-free board.