Could this be a shamrock in Mary Magee's border?
Sometime in 1826, Mary Magee practiced stitching her alphabet--three times. Then she added some numerals, birds, trees, crowns, hearts and flowers. These cheerful elements are all surrounded by a surprisingly pleasing three-sided border (we won't even mind stitching this one), capped off at the top corners by what perhaps might be stylized shamroks. Really, we have no idea what kind of leaves grace this charming sampler, but since it's St. Patrick's Day, we wanted to take an opportunity to at least offer that possibility. Oh, and to share a wee bit of Irish wisdom:
May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours.