American teenage girls in the turn of 18- and 19th centuries were trained to produce disciplined handwork to prove to potential suitors that they had patience and refined tastes. The best known examples of American Teenage girls’ handwork are samplers embroidered with landscapes and poetry. The girls also learned to paint floral motifs on maple, birch or satinwood using combination of inks and a color wash or watercolor which then was sealed with shellac. The paintings were often combined with beautiful script written with reed or quill in American round hand, a less ornamented form of the English round hand. A few hundred of the wooden objects are known to have survived in museums and private collections.
Betsy Krieg Salm, a historian in