Joel and Kate Kopp, America Hurrah, New York, July 25, 1984.
American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 33, fig. 52)
Deborah's first and second alphabets are characteristic of Quaker instruction, and this bold, clean form was being worked at the Friends' schools in Ackworth and York, England, in the 1780s. However, its occurrence on American samplers in not known to predate 1800. The Friends' Nine Partners' Boarding School in Washington, Dutchess County, existed from December 1796 until 1857. The rule to mark napkins appears on a 1799 sampler naming this school(see Maine Antique Digest, February 1986 p. 7-D).
Some stain; darkening of linen; new frame. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.