Item/Auction Attributes

silk on linen,
Dated 1832.
Very good overall condition with light toning, some scattered spotting and small stains, thread with fading and fugitive color, frame with some wear and surface scratches notably along outer edges, veneer with cracks and a few chips and flakes. Not examined out of frame.
21 1/8" x 22 7/8" sight, 25 3/8" x 27 1/8" OA.
Provenance: The Important Americana Collection of Barbara M. and the late Charlie Hunter, Staunton, VA.
Catalogue Note: The maker of the present sampler is identified as Rachel Ann Borton, who was born on March 1, 1817 to Quaker parents Richard Borton (1780-1833) and Rachel Braddock (1773-1849) of Evesham, Burlington Co., New Jersey. She was one of nine children to survive childhood. There are two records from the Evesham Monthly Meeting that mention Rachel. From 1842, the minutes mention the proposal of marriage between her and her soon-to-be husband, Isaac Haines Ballinger (1810-1884). The other undated record lists her name, her birth date, and the occasion as "Disowned" with no mention of the reason. Some time after their marriage, Rachel and Isaac move to Ohio and had at least four sons of whom only two would survive childhood. The 1870 and 1880 U.S. Federal Census records Rachel and Isaac living in Spiceland and Ogden of Henry Co., Indiana, listing his occupation as a "Physician". After his death, Rachel is recorded in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN as living with her son, Ner B., and his wife, Mary M. in the 1897 city directory. Mary died in 1901 and is buried at the Earlham Cemetery in Richmond, IN. The present sampler exhibits distinct characteristics found on Quaker samplers from the Burlington Co., NJ region, including the detailed renditions of buildings on lawns with a variety of animals, strong floral borders, birds, and baskets of fruit.
Literature: Sampler by Martha Rudderow with similar flower border in M. Finkel & Daughter - Samplings: XXXV, p. 5; see Stephen and Carol Huber website - for a sampler by Ann Borton with similar floral border.