Object Details

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Elisabeth Waner, 1817-1820

Sampler Archive ID: SA000253
Maker: Elisabeth Waner
Maker Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Maker Age: Unknown
Place Made: Possibly Penn Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Year Made:
Decade Made: 1810-1819
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1980.0060
Object Credit: Museum purchase
Contributor: Winterthur Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Mostly square
Object Dimensions: 17.50 H x 16.30 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: H x W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Alphabet, Number series, Personal name, Date, Maker signature, OEHBDDE - stands for O edel Herz bedenk dein End" or "O noble heart, bethink your end."
Text medium: Stitched
Elisabeth Waner  1820
Motifs/Symbols: Birds and insects, Floral and plant, Geometric, Human made object, crowns, hearts, stars, wine goblet
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Pink, Rust, Tan, White, Yellow
Thread Condition: Borders: Slight loss
Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Herringbone
Thread Count: Vertical:

Maker History

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

Object History

Previous Owners:

Conservator: Wintethur Museum
Date: 1980
Other actions: reframed in 1980. Edges of fabric were stabilized with new whip stitching in pink silk.


Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: Plain & Fancy: American Women and their Needlework, 1650-1850
Publication/Publisher: Curious Works Press
Date: 1995

Author(s): Tandy Hersh, Charles Hersh
Title: Samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans
Date: 1991

Author(s): Betty Ring
Title: American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring
Publication/Publisher: New York: E. P. Dutton with Museum of American Folk Art
Date: 1987

Author(s): Ellen J. Gehret
Title: This Is the Way I Pass My Time
Publication/Publisher: The Pennsylvania German Society
Date: 1985

Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: New Samplers Reflect Their Culture and Time
Publication/Publisher: Winterthur Newsletter
Date: Fall, 1981

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