Object Details

Image courtesy of DAR Museum

Harriet B. Cheesmon, 1817

Sampler Archive ID: SA000115
Maker: Harriet B. Cheesmon
Maker Birthplace: Unknown
Maker Age: 13-15 years
Place Made: Cumberland County, New Jersey
Year Made: 1817
Decade Made: 1810-1819
Owner: DAR Museum
Accession Number: 2003.60.1
Object Credit: Gift of Helen and Charles Ellzey
Contributor: DAR Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Tall rectangle
Object Dimensions: 17.00 H x 12.50 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 20.70 H x 15.70 W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: 12
Dividing Lines: 6
Enclosures: None
Text types: Alphabet, Number series, Personal name, Date, Verse, Maker signature, Motto or aphorism, History
Text medium: Stitched
Let virtue all thy actions sway
 The leading Star that points the way.
Since beauty then to time must bow
And age deform the fairest brow
Let brighter charms be yours :
The female mind embalmed in truth
Shall bloom in everlasting youth
While time himself endures.
Harriet B. Cheesmon was born November
the 6th 1803 did this work in the 14th year
of her age 1817 being the 41st year of A
merican Independence. April 10th 1817.
Motifs/Symbols: Floral and plant, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front:
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Eyelet, Queen or rococo
Thread Count: Vertical: 38
Horizontal: 38

Maker History

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Birth Name:
Birth Location:
City: unknown
County: unknown
State: unknown
Death Date:
Death Location: uncertain
Parents: Mother:
Father: Birth: Death:

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Helen and Charles Ellzey
Relation to maker: none


Conservator: Julia Brennan
Date: 2004
Other actions: Cleaned, mounted and reframed

Exhibitions: Title: Home and Country: Quilts and Samplers from the DAR Museum Collection
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Oct. 8, 2004 – Apr. 30, 2005

Title: Telling Their Stories: 19th Century Samplers and Silk Needlework
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Apr. 11, 2008 – Aug. 30, 2008

Title: Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860
Host: Morven Museum and Garden
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Date: Oct. 3, 2014 – Mar. 29, 2015


Author(s): Morven Museum and Garden
Title: Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860
Publication/Publisher: Morven Museum and Garden, p. 143
Date: 2014

Author(s): Olive Blair Graffam
Title: Patriotic Imagery in Schoolgirl Needlework Pictures
Publication/Publisher: 51st Annual Washington Antiques Show Catalog
Date: 2006

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