Mary Ingersoll's Sampler

Description
Man in fawn-colored fall-front trousers, short blue jacket decorated with faceted gilt beads, and tall dark hat. On his arm, lady wearing long dress with wide white collar and blue bonnet tied with long bonnet-strings; she carries parasol and reticule and wears necklace or chain of gilt beads. To right of couple, blue-domed building (temple?) with tall columns on hill above pond, with two deer and flowering bush; to left of couple large tree and under it, sheep and dog. In each upper corner, bluebird under grapevine; children's names enclosed in panel outlined by wave band. Grapes on vines in upper corners worked by coiling purple thread and tacking down each coil in two or three places. Border on all four sides, straight vine bearing roses and rose buds. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, crosslet, chain, four-sided, French knot. THREAD COUNT: warp 28, weft 28/in.
Inscriptions:
"FAMILY RECORD
Mr Levi Ingersoll was born Dec 26th 1775
Miss Sarah Hubbard was born Jan 2nd 1779
They were united in marriage Jan 31 1802
THEIR DESCENDANTS
Hannah Ingersoll was born Jan 30th 1803
Eliza Ingersoll was born Oct 30th 1804
Ann Ingersoll was born Nov 1st 1806
Henry H Ingersoll was born Feb 25th 1809
Charles Ingersoll was born Jan 23rd 1811
Jane Ingersoll was born July 1st 1815
Mary Ingersoll was born Sept 27th 1819 [last 2 numbers replaced or filled in later]
Sarah Ingersoll was born Feb 10th 1821 [last number replaced or filled in later]
By Miss Mary Ingersoll in the 9th year of her age New York 1830" [number 9 replaced or filled in later]
Background:
Mary was born on September 27, 1819, to Levi and Sarah Hubbard Ingersoll in Pound Ridge, New York. She died unmarried on April 18, 1889.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1830
associated dates
1990-03-26
maker
Ingersoll, Mary
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
silk (overall material)
beads (overall material)
brown (overall color)
blue (overall color)
green (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
pink (overall color)
tan ground (overall color)
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 17 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in; 44.45 cm x 44.45 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Pound Ridge
associated place
United States: Michigan, Tecumseh
ID Number
1990.0146.01
catalog number
1990.0146.01
accession number
1990.0146
subject
Textiles
Samplers
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Samplers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Clarence and Dorothy M. Damon

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