Sally Keais Sampler
Washington Beaufort County North Carolina
silk on linen
The Sally Keais sampler is unique in North Carolina samplers, with its unusual stitched motifs, in particular the mermaid and ship. The early date of ‘May 1793’, make this a rare example of North Carolina needlework.
Sally (Sarah) Keais was the daughter of Nathan Keais (1740-1795) and Barbara Low (1744-1801) of Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island. Sally’s father, Nathan Keais, was a sea captain and later Captain in the Second Regiment of the Continental Army. After the Revolution, he was appointed by George Washington to serve as the Collector of Customs in the port of Washington, North Carolina. Sally married Benjamin Brickell, who served as a Senator in the State Legislature from Franklin County, North Carolina and they had one daughter.
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