Maps of the world, of conti-
nents, or of our own country, often bear
dates as far back as the later years of the
The popularity of the sampler appears
to have greatly declined after the first two
or three decades of the nineteenth century.
One sampler* of the earlier part of that
century may be described. Besides the
customary house, with trees, animals, and
birds, it has the quaintly designed figure of
a man in a red coat perhaps an army pen-
sioner. The little embroideress has supplied
the means of identification by working the
following inscription above the figure : " This
is my Dear father."