Object Details

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Celestia Mary Combs, 1816

Sampler Archive ID: SA000208
Maker: Celestia Mary Combs
Maker Birthplace: St Marys County, Maryland
Maker Age: 10-12 years
Place Made: Washington, District of Colombia
School/Teacher:The Young Ladies Academy [now known as Georgetown Visitation]
Year Made: 1816
Decade Made: 1810-1819
Owner: DAR Museum
Accession Number: 98.80
Object Credit: Museum purchase M. Finkel and Daughter
Contributor: DAR Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Tall rectangle
Object Dimensions: 22.00 H x 16.20 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 26.00 H x 21.00 W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: 3
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Alphabet, Personal name, Personal initials, Place name, Date, Verse, Maker signature
Text medium: Stitched
[?] lay your [?]
[?] heed [?]
[?]oss & Manger
[?] your Saviors
[?] there
my slumbers [?]
[?] be
Like reflections [?]
O Hail Cross my [?]
Hope. O Mary make
my [?]ear[?] burn[?]
ing Christ my God
Mother of divine grace
make me your child
Behold your Mother
Celestia Mary Combs's work done
at the Young Ladies Academy
George Town A.D. 1816 in the 13th
year of her age
Motifs/Symbols: Birds and insects, Human made object, Religious
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Black, Brown, Green, Red, Tan, Yellow
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Considerable loss
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Long and short, Queen or rococo, Satin, Stem, Straight
Thread Count: Vertical: 30
Horizontal: 33

Maker History

Sources for the following information may be viewed by clicking on the links."

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Birth Name:
based on info on the object
Birth Location:
City: unknown
County: family records
State family records
Death Date:
National Intelligencer Newspaper abstracts 1834-1835
Death Location:
National Intelligencer Newspaper abstracts 1834-1835
School records for Georgetown Visitation
Ancestry family tree
family records
family records
School records for Georgetown Visitation
Ancestry family tree
Ancestry family tree
Maryland Marriages 1655 -1850
Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia
Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia
Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850
Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: M. Finkel and Daughter
Relation to maker: none [dealer]


Conservator: Cynthia Gompert
Date: 1999
Actions: mounted on acid-free board, reframed

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


Author(s): Gloria Seaman Allen
Title: Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia
Publication/Publisher: Chesapeake Book Company
Date: 2013

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