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This sampler by nine-year-old Caroline Stebbins (1789-1865) is one of a group of related examples stitched by girls, aged six to twelve, within a twenty-year period in Deerfield, Massachusetts. They share the same motifs of baskets of flowers, trees, and the branch-like border. Particularly notable, near the center, are the large birds outlined in black. Caroline, the daughter of Joseph and Lucy (Frary) Stebbins, attended Deerfield Academy between 1804 and 1807 and in 1810, she married Seth Sheldon when she was twenty-one.