Measure just over 17" square, this well sewn sampler depicts a typical Federal house, birds, animals, people, foliate designs, a proverb, and an elephant. In silk thread in teal, green, brown, tan, gray and white on tea stained linen, the sampler is undated, and signed by Caroline Turnbull, aged 8 years. In very good condition, there is a small hole in the lower left corner, and some stitching loss in the white floral elements in the border. The stitching in the pictoral elements is still quite raised and in good condition. The proverb states:
Virtue the chiefest Beauty of the mind, the noblest ornament of human kind. Virtues our safeguard and our guiding star, That stirs up reason when our senses err. In good older frame, though not original, framing information denotes a New Jersey origin.