Object Details

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Mary Geyer, 1796

Sampler Archive ID: SA000229
Maker: Mary Geyer
Maker Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Maker Age: 13-15 years
Place Made: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Year Made: 1796
Decade Made: 1790-1799
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1959.2942
Object Credit: Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont
Contributor: Winterthur Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Mostly square
Object Dimensions: 21.50 H x 22.10 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: H x W (inches)
Borders: 2
Decorative Bands: 0
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal name, Date, Maker signature
Text medium: Stitched
Mary Geyers Work Done in the 14th Year of her Age
Motifs/Symbols: Animals, Architectural, Birds and insects, Floral and plant, Human figure, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: Domestic, house & yard, top center - bird in flight; either side of that bird is an identical basket with flowers and vines; lower area is a large house on a hill surrounded
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Black, Brown, Gold, Green, Rust
Thread Condition: Borders: Slight loss
Text: Slight loss
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Satin, Stem, Straight, one border is sawtooth satin
Thread Count: Vertical:

Maker History

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Birth Name:
Birthdate: c. 1783
Birth Location:
Winterthur catalog record for 1959.2942
County: Winterthur catalog record for 1959.2942
State Winterthur catalog record for 1959.2942
Death Date:
Death Location:
Parents: Mother: Birth: Death:
Father: Birth: Death:

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Henry Francis du Pont
Relation to maker: none


Conservator: Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE
Other actions: Silk tape probably once bordered entire needlework at edges, but it is worn away. Crepeline was used to protect weak areas. The sampler was stained in places by the original wood and paper backings


Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: Recent Discoveries About Philadelphia Samplers
Publication/Publisher: The Magazine Antiques, 136, pp. 1334-1343
Date: 1989

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