+SCHOOLGIRL SAMPLER: Mary "Polly" Elliot (American, 1776 - 1859), needlework sampler, 1795, silk on linen, cross-stitch on black ground, polychrome flowering vine on top and side borders, center of needlework described in descending order: four lines of alpha-numeric, over flowers in pot centered between two stylized oak leaf and acorn motifs, over legend: "Tis Not for Mortals always to be/ Blest, but Them the Least the dull or/ painful hours. Of life oppress whom so/ ber Sense conducts. And virtue/ Through the Labyrinth we tread", bands below verse depict a house flanked by four stylized flowers and two trees, the lowest band that identifies the maker and date "Polly Elliots Samplar [sic] 1795" is worked in a band filled with white stitching and also includes a meandering green vine with pink flowers, two manuscript paper labels attached verso which read "Sampler made by/Mary (Polly) Eliot/ b. Jan.24, 1775/d. Oct. 9, 1858/ descended from John Eliot 1604-1690/ Apostle to the Indians/ For disposal: consult Edgar [Confreri?], Binghamton", sight size: 19 1/4" x 15 1/2". [PROVENANCE: Made by Mary (Polly) Eliot (1775/6 - 1859) of Killingworth, Connecticut in 1795 and owned by descent to the current owner. Full genealogy/ lineage available to successful bidder.]

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