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That would be my guess, too, Marsha. I had always heard of stitchers picking out part of a date to disguise their age, and several years ago I found a perfect example. I bought a sampler that had the last digit of the year missing, and after researching the stitcher, I found that didn't marry until she was 36, and her husband was 12 years younger than she was. It made sense that she wouldn't want her sampler boldly announcing her age to everybody who saw it.
It is all so fascinating, I love a historical mystery.
Interesting - not many numbers would fit that space. Maybe a 1, or a 4?Kate
I kinda love the thought that someone would do that. heh
So do you think that the little black colored design is probably covering the original stitch marks??
The sampler has been documented to 1784. She might have started stitching her date of birth as 1771,1772? If she was born in 1771 she would have been 13 in 1784, about the right age to start school and a sampler.
Marsha, thank you so much for the information. It adds to the fun of stitching a reproduction sampler when we try to figure out why they stitched it,and the colors and symbols chosen.
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