Object Details

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Cordelia Cheesman, 1831

Sampler Archive ID: SA000160
Maker: Cordelia Cheesman
Maker Birthplace: Dutchess County, New York
Maker Age: 10-12 years
Place Made: Dutchess County, New York
Year Made: 1831
Decade Made: 1830-1839
Owner: DAR Museum
Accession Number: 65.120
Object Credit: Gift of Emma Cheesman Bruns
Contributor: DAR Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Mostly square
Object Dimensions: 15.70 H x 17.70 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 19.50 H x 21.50 W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: 1
Dividing Lines: 4
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal name, Date, Verse
Text medium: Stitched
"When youth's soft season shall be o'er
And scenes of childhood charm no more
My riper years with joy shall see
This proof of my industry.
As memry o'er the task shall wake
And retrospective pleasures take
How shall I wish but wish in vain
To enjoy youth's careless hours again.
How poor the heart whose hopes of bliss
Are centred in a world like this!
Our conscious minds are made to soar
Above the enjoyments of an hour.
Cordelia Cheesman aged eleven yrs. July 1831
The flower that fair its bosom spreads
And joys to hail the solar ray
At evening fades yet only fades
To bloom afresh at op'ning day
To woodlands barren to the sight
New foliage vernal gales shall bring
The insect sleeps the wintry night
And flutters on the breath of spring
Thus o'er the light eolian lyre
The winds of dark november stray
Motifs/Symbols: Floral and plant
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Green, Red, White
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross
Thread Count: Vertical: 34
Horizontal: 40

Maker History

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Birth Name:
grave records
Birth Location:
City: unknown
County: Dutchess
State grave records
Death Date:
grave records
Death Location:
grave records
family history
Birth: Death: 1854

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Emma Cheesman Bruns [Mrs. John Henry Bruns]
Relation to maker: granddaughter


Conservator: Cynthia Gompert
Date: 1996
Actions: mounted on acid-free board
Other actions: Vacuumed, mounted on archival material for storage 1996. Remounted for framing 2008

Conservator: Julia Brennan
Date: 2008
Actions: mounted on acid-free board
Other actions: Vacuumed, mounted on archival material for storage 1996. Remounted for framing 2008

Exhibitions: Title: Textile Cases
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 1976

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


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