Object Details

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Rebecca Way, 1818

Sampler Archive ID: SA000228
Maker: Rebecca Way
Maker Birthplace: Chester County, Pennsylvania
Maker Age: 7-9 years
Place Made: Brandywine Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania
School/Teacher:Brandywine Boarding School
Year Made: 1818
Decade Made: 1810-1819
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1959.1133
Object Credit: Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont
Contributor: Winterthur Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Wide rectangle
Object Dimensions: 11.50 H x 13.10 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: H x W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: 2
Enclosures: None
Text types: Date, Verse, Maker signature
Text medium: Stitched
The Almighty, from his throne, on earth surveys / Nought greater, than an honest, humble heart, / An humble heart, his residence pronounced / His second seat, and rival to the skies. / The private path, the secret acts of men, / If noble, far the noblest of our lives. / Young.
Rebecca Way 
Motifs/Symbols: Floral and plant
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Black
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Other Materials: Ribbon, Green ribbon at outermost edge, used as border
Stitch Types: Cross, Satin, Stem
Thread Count: Vertical:

Maker History

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Birth Name:
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
Birth Location:
City: unknown
County: U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
State U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
Death Date:
Death Location:
cemetery records
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
ancestry.com family trees
ancestry.com family trees
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
ancestry.com family trees
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
ancestry.com family trees
cemetery records
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
Henry MarshBirth: 1830Death: 1831
Amanda MarshBirth: Mar. 9, 1835Death: Nov. 5, 1924
Mary B. MarshBirth: 1836Death: May 22, 1926
Martin MarshBirth: 1838Death:
Sarah MarshBirth: 1840Death:
Anna Maria MarshBirth: 1842Death:
Franklin Ives MarshBirth: 1844Death:
George Moninger MarshBirth: 1846Death: 1929
Albert MarshBirth: Mar. 11, 1848Death: Oct. 12, 1926
Emmor MarshBirth: 1849Death:
Ellen MarshBirth: Jan. 23, 1853Death: May 13, 1944

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Henry Francis du Pont
Relation to maker: none


Conservator: Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE
Other actions: This sampler was previously framed in 1966.1257, and is presently framed by 1991.0510. The sampler was removed from its first frame, which was not original to the piece, remounted on fresh linen backing with a rag backboard, and set into a more appropriate reproduction frame so that the silk ribbon would be visible.

Exhibitions: Title: Winterthur Museum Permanent Display
Host: Winterthur Museum
Location: Winterthur, DE
Date: ongoing


Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: Plain & Fancy: American Women and Their Needlework 1700-1850
Publication/Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, pp .64-65
Date: 1977

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