Object Details

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Martha Taylor, 1797

Sampler Archive ID: SA000280
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: 1797
Decade Made: 1790-1799
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1991.0005
Contributor: Winterthur Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Mostly square
Object Dimensions: 17.20 H x 17.50 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: H x W (inches)
Borders: 2
Decorative Bands: 4
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Alphabet, Place name, Date, Verse, Family genealogy
Text medium: Stitched
Martha Taylor daughter of James and
Elizabeth Taylor s Was Born in Septem
29 1785 and Made this Sampler in the 12
year of her age in Mrss Galligher.s School
in the year of our Lord 1797 March 2
Martha-Taylor is my
name Lancaster is
my Habtation Octor
ara is my dwelling
place & christ is my
Salvation the rose is red the leaves are
Green the days are
past that I have seem
when I am dead & In
my grave & all my
bones are rotten
when this you see
remember me Adieu
Motifs/Symbols: Architectural, Birds and insects, Floral and plant, Geometric, Human made object, 13 blocks. Two with vase and flowers; two with plant with berries; two with basket of fruit; two plant as previous plant but berries are in different
Scenes/Pictures: Landscape
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Blue, Gold, Green, Pink, Red, Tan, White, Yellow
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Buttonhole, Chain, Eyelet, Queen or rococo, Satin, Stem, Straight, Buttonhole eyelets
Thread Count: Vertical:

Maker History

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County: Winterthur files
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Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Elizabeth Oat Rockwell
Relation to maker: uncertain

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


Author(s): Ivor Noel-Hume
Title: If These Pots Could Talk: Collecting 200 Years of British Household Pottery
Publication/Publisher: Chipstone
Date: 2001

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

Author(s): Betty Ring
Title: Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850 Vol. II
Publication/Publisher: A. A. Knopf
Date: 1993

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