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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. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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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