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2022 Christmas Ornament – Sally’s Valentine

2022 Christmas Ornament – Sally’s Valentine

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2022 Mort Künstler Collectible Ornament
Sally's Valentine

We proudly introduce the Timber Ridge School 27th edition Mort Künstler Collectible Ornament for 2022 titled Sally’s Valentine.

About the Painting
Long Island brimmed over with information – and danger – for spies and patriot sympathizers. British and Loyalist troops prowled there regularly, suppressing patriots and fighting off whaleboat raiders from Connecticut. In the winter of 1778-79, a loyalist unit called the Queen’s Rangers under Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe camped in Oyster Bay. Simcoe took up quarters in Samuel Townsend’s house, The Homestead. The accommodations provided an additional attraction in the form of Townsend’s nineteen-year-old daughter Sarah or “Sally.”

Many officers courted her, but the tall and handsome Simcoe stood foremost. He fell hard for the young damsel. Sometime that winter, it is said, Simcoe penned a valentine to Sally, adding to it a pair of hearts with their initials pierced by an arrow, along with a poem. “Fairest Maid where all are fair,” it began, “Beauty’s pride and Nature’s care; To you my heart I must resign; O choose me for your Valentine!”

Whether disgusted by such doggerel or (as legend states) irritated at Simcoe’s decision to cut down her father’s apple orchard, Sally spurned her suitor and sent him packing. As an avowed patriot, she might well have passed on intelligence of the Queen’s Rangers to any of the American spies who were plentiful in the area. It is believed that she remembered the incident so fondly, however, that she kept Simcoe’s valentine until the end of her life in 1842.

From the School

Timber Ridge School proudly presents limited edition Christmas ornaments featuring the artwork of renowned Civil War artist Mr. Mort Künstler.

Each ornament comes in a presentation box, with blue felt backing, white ribbon, a certificate of authenticity and an ornament stand. Timber Ridge School is a licensed residential treatment and accredited educational program serving young men with a history of serious emotional, learning, and behavioral difficulties. As a fundraiser the school creates a Christmas ornament featuring the art of Mort Künstler, which is donated by the artist for this use.

To learn more about the Timber Ridge School, visit

Mr. Künstler has been a very generous supporter of the School since 1996 by donating the use of a piece of his artwork for our historic ornament program. His tremendous support of our program was recognized in March of 2003 with the dedication of the Mort Künstler Residence Hall. We can’t thank him enough for his partnership to the students and families we serve.

All proceeds from the sale of ornaments are earmarked for the improvement of student programs and facilities.
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