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"This scholarly book uniquely combines great breadth and intense detail while focusing on a specific geographic area. Collectors, dealers and curators now have access to excellent information on Maryland samplers and needlework that is both carefully researched and clearly presented."

Amy Finkel
M. Finkel & Daughter

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A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery 1738-1860 by Gloria Seaman Allen is a carefully researched and well written book. This beautifully illustrated volume will become THE authoritative source of information about Maryland schoolgirl needlework. The author presents the work of each girl within the context of Maryland history, with extensive historical documentation when possible, accompanied by an accurate description of each piece. Needlework collectors, textile and social historians, genealogists, and readers interested in any facet of Maryland history will find this book to be a valuable addition to their libraries and an enjoyable read.”

Trish Herr
Textile Scholar

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“Gloria Allen’s remarkable attention to detail, similar to the carefully honed skill of the girls who made these samplers, is what makes this book such a success. With its important new research, brilliant illustrations and informative text, this book will be the cornerstone for all research on Maryland schoolgirl needlework for years to come.”

Jeannine Disviscour, Deputy Director for Collections and Curator
Maryland Historical Society

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A Maryland Sampling is a composite view of the lives and charming needlework executed by young ladies of early Maryland....where diversity was not only tolerated, but valued and encouraged. This is beautiful book filled with remarkable research!”

Sue Studebaker
Author of Ohio Is My Dwelling Place: Schoolgirl Embroideries 1800-1850

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“Building on several generations of scholarship in the study of American samplers, Gloria Seaman Allen’s in-depth look into the wealth of girlhood embroideries made in Maryland’s colonial and antebellum years responds to the question, “Did the South produce any samplers of note?” with an attention to detail that will be definitive into the next generation. This much-needed and richly-illustrated volume investigates not only the circumstances of sampler-making among the daughters of Maryland’s more affluent families and the stylistic influences that shaped those embroideries but also the accomplishments of the daughters of Baltimore’s free African-American community. A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery 1738–1860 is an invaluable resource for scholars and enthusiasts alike.”

Kathleen Staples
Author of British Embroidery, Curious Works from the Seventeenth Century

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“Gloria Seaman Allen is well known and respected in the field of textile study for her comprehensive and often ground breaking research that has resulted in over 30 publications on textiles and other decorative arts. In A Maryland Sampling, Dr. Allen sets the new standard for research and publication in the field of American schoolgirl needlework. The appendices alone provide a much needed research tool for the curator’s and collector’s library. With over 200 color photographs and a user-friendly format, needlework enthusiasts and scholars will find this much anticipated book to be a valued contribution to the history of women’s education and a visual delight for years to come.”

Kim Ivey, Associate Curator of Textiles & Needlework
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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