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What is this?

A record of the family of William Lawrence and Alice Ripley. The entire ground is covered in black cross-stitch, with the family dates worked in colored silks, followed by a verse and inscription, and at the bottom two cornucopias of flowers.
The verse reads:
Improve Every Moment of youth while you
May For Life is too short to Be trifled away

This is a family register sampler from United States. It is dated 1798 and we acquired it in 2008. Gift of Myra M. and William H. Mathers.

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Its medium is

medium: silk embroidery on linen foundation technique: embroidered in cross stitch on plain weave foundation

Its dimensions are

Frame H x W x D: 47.6 x 48.9 cm (18 3/4 x 19 1/4 in.) Warp x Weft (unframed): 41.9 x 41.9 cm (16 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

Alicia Lawrence's Work Wrought in the 12th year of her age 1798

This object was embroidered by Alicia Lawrence

This object was agent: Ursula M. Nehrt and William M. Mathers and donated by Myra Mathers and William H. Mathers

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Family Register Sampler (USA), 1798 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=5 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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