Object Details

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Nancy Clark, 1818

Sampler Archive ID: SA000184
Maker: Nancy Clark
Maker Birthplace: Unknown
Maker Age: Unknown
Place Made: Unknown
Year Made: 1818
Decade Made: 1810-1819
Owner: DAR Museum
Accession Number: 85.55
Object Credit: Gift of Helen Wilkerson
Contributor: DAR Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Tall rectangle
Object Dimensions: 19.20 H x 13.00 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 22.00 H x 15.50 W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal name, Date, Verse
Text medium: Stitched
Fragrant the Rose is
But it fades in time The
Violet seet but quick past
the prim while lilies hang
their heads and soon dec
ay and whiter snow in
minute melt away
Nancy Clark's
Sampler 1818
Motifs/Symbols: Animals, Architectural, Birds and insects, Floral and plant, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: Domestic, house & yard
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Brown, Green, Purple, Red, Tan, White, Yellow
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Feather stitch, back stitch
Thread Count: Vertical: 32
Horizontal: 30

Maker History

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

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Helen Wilkerson [Mrs. Howard Wilkerson]
Relation to maker: none


Conservator: Julia Brennan
Date: 2005
Actions: cleaned, mounted on acid-free board, reframed

Conservator: uncertain
Date: 1950s
Actions: cleaned, mounted on acid-free board

Exhibitions: 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: By, For, and Of the People: Folk Art and Americana at the DAR Museum
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Oct. 7, 2011 – Sep. 2, 2012


Author(s): Olive Blair Graffam
Title: By, For, and Of the People: Folk Art and Americana at the DAR Museum
Publication/Publisher: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (exhibition catalog)
Date: 2011

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