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Martha Taylor, 1798

Sampler Archive ID: SA000279
Maker: Martha Taylor
Maker Birthplace: Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Maker Age: 10-12 years
Place Made: Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
School/Teacher:Mrs. Galligher's School
Year Made: 1798
Decade Made: 1790-1799
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1991.0004
Contributor: Winterthur Museum


Physical Characteristics

Object type:
Needlework techniques:
Shape: Tall rectangle Top and bottom edges are outside the sight area of
Object Dimensions: 14.10 H x 7.50 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: H x W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: 2
Dividing Lines: 3
Enclosures: None
Text types: Alphabet, Number series, Personal name, Verse, Memorial, Description of maker, school and teacher.
Text medium: Stitched
Martha * Taylor Made 
this Sampler in the 12 
Year of her age in  
Mrss * Galligher.s School 
by her Direction in the 
year of our LORD 
1798
And must this body die 
this mortal frame deca 
And must these active 
limbs of mine lie 
mouldring in the clay
Motifs/Symbols:
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen Silk
Ground Condition: Wear:
Cleanliness:
Loss:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Pink, Red, White
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Satin, Some dividing lines - found BLH
Thread Count: Vertical:
Horizontal:

Maker History

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County: Lancaster
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Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Elizabeth Oat Rockwell
Relation to maker: uncertain

Conservation:
Exhibitions: Title: Who's Your Daddy? Families in Early American Needlework
Host: Winterthur Museum
Location: Winterthur, DE
Date: Oct. 4, 2008 – Aug. 7, 2009

Literature:

Author(s): Jennifer Van Horn
Title: Samplers, Gentility, and the Middling Sort
Publication/Publisher: Winterthur Portfolio, 40, pp. 219-248
Date: 2005

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