Memorabilia[Girls' Education] Original, vintage cross-stitch sampler. 1815. 11.5" x 15" in. Alphabet cross-stitched in capital and lower case letters, with decorative embroidered border, and information on maker stitched at bottom: "Mary Ruffle October 25 1815 Aged 9". Samplers were valuable parts of girls' education from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, as it demonstrated both their skill in needlepoint and their achievements in literacy. From the 1800s, the very first schools and academies for young women in America had their students create needlepoint pieces with decorative motifs such as verses, or the entire alphabet being stitched on the sampler. The parents of these young women proudly displayed their embroideries as showpieces of their daughter's talent, and status. In recent years, these samplers have become important in museum collections as representations of early American female education. Alphabet, "&", numbers 1 through 8, and motif of trees, vines, flowers, and a crown in navy, orange, pink, dark green, brown, and white thread. C. Toned. Few threads frayed. Very good.