American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 19. fig. 28)
Sarah (Sally) Blunt (1795- 1880), was the daughter of Captain Robert Blunt (b . 1763) and Elizabeth Sherburne (c . 1769-1802) of Portsmouth. Sally's sampler may have been worked at the Reverend Alden's Academy in Portsmouth, where she was enrolled in 1807. An almost identical sampler was worked in 1805 by Mary Ann Hooker, Sally's classmate at the Alden Academy (see The Clarion, Winter 1985, p. 8). Mr. Alden's catalogue for 1807 notes that both girls worked pictorial embroideries that year- Sally an Emblem of America and Mary Ann These are my jewels. For these subjects in silk embroidery, see ANTIQUES, February 1981, p. 412, and August 1976, p. 296, respectively. Sally Blunt married the Portsmouth merchant William Chase on October 16, 1824.
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