Object Details

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Clarissa Brackett, 1809

Sampler Archive ID: SA000150
Maker: Clarissa Brackett
Maker Birthplace: Massachusetts
Maker Age: 7-9 years
Place Made: Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Year Made: 1809
Decade Made: 1800-1809
Owner: DAR Museum
Accession Number: 60.39
Object Credit: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Richards Gale
Contributor: DAR Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Tall rectangle
Object Dimensions: 17.50 H x 12.50 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 21.20 H x 16.20 W (inches)
Borders: 2
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Alphabet, Number series, Personal name, Date, Verse, Maker signature, Family genealogy
Text medium: Stitched
Clarissa Bracket's Sampler
wrought in the 9th year of
her age 1809
John Bracket born in the year 1771
died in the year 1803 aged 32.
the Rose.
How fair is the rose what a beautiful flower
the Glory of April and May
But the leaves are beginning to fade in an hour
And they wither and die in a day.

So frail is the youth and the beauty of men
Tho they bloom and look gay like the rose
But all our fond care to preserve them is vain
Time kills them as fast as he goes.

Then I'll not be proud of my youth or my beauty
Since both of them wither and fade
But gain a good name by well doing my duty
This will scent like the rose when I'm dead.
youth like the Spring
will soon be Past
but virtue will
forever last
Lucy Bracket born in the year
1779 aged 30
Motifs/Symbols: Floral and plant
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Brown, Green, Red, White, Yellow
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Slight loss
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross
Thread Count: Vertical: 54
Horizontal: 40

Maker History

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Birth Name:
object, donor info
Birth Location:
City: unknown
County: unknown
State Brackett Genealogy printed privately 1907
Death Date:
donor info
Death Location:
donor info
married to Church Deacon
Brackett Genealogy printed privately 1907
Brackett Genealogy printed privately 1907
Brackett Genealogy printed privately 1907
Brackett Genealogy printed privately 1907
donor info, cemetery records
cemetery records South Natick Cemetery, Natick MA
cemetery records South Natick Cemetery, Natick MA
donor info, Massachusetts Marriages 1633-1850
Massachusetts Marriages 1633-1850
Alonzo PhilipsBirth: Dec. 6, 1825Death: 1873
Mary Ann PhilipsBirth:
donor info
donor info
Edward PhilipsBirth: Dec. 28, 1829Death: 1886

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Mrs. Dorothy Richards Gale
Relation to maker: Great great granddaughter


Conservator: Julia Brennan
Date: 2005
Other actions: Cleaned, holes stabilized with silk crepeline and linen, mounted on archival mat in 2005. Mounted for framing 2005.

Exhibitions: Title: Period room Hall
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Aug., 1972

Title: The Nursery: Remarks on Children's Play
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Aug. 15, 1981 – Dec. 1, 1981

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


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