Mary W. Tyler's Sampler

Description
Two block alphabets. Upper-case alphabet has 26 letters; lower-case alphabet has no "J." One script alphabet with no "J" or "U." Numbers 1 through 14. Border of a vine with triangular flowers or leaves. Silk embroidery thread on linsey-woolsey; blue linen warp, tan wool weft. STITCHES: cross, Algerian eye, hem. THREAD COUNT: warp 27, weft 26/in.
Inscription:
"Embroidry [sic] decks
The canvas round
And yields a pleasing view
So virtue tends
to deck the mind
and form its blisful [sic] state
Mary W Tyler aged 12 years
Background:
This may have been made by Mary Welles Tyler, born on April 2, 1792, to Nathan and Nancy Tyler, or by Mary Whitwell Tyler, born on June 23, 1798, to Royall II and Mary Tyler.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1775-1825
maker
Tyler, Mary W.
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
wool (overall material)
silk thread (overall material)
embroidered (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 16 1/2 in x 14 3/4 in; 41.91 cm x 37.465 cm
Place Made
unknown
associated place
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
ID Number
1991.0764.01
catalog number
1991.0764.01
accession number
1991.0764
subject
Textiles
Alphabets
Samplers
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Samplers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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