Susan H. Salter's Sampler

One script alphabet no "J." Two block alphabets with 26 letters and numbers to 0. One partial and three complete geometric crossbands. Two small flower baskets and border on all four sides. Framing center is simple zig-zag, geometric strawberry vine in middle, Greek-key band at outside edge. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, crosslet, queen. THREAD COUNT: warp 29, weft 32/in.
"Remember now thy Creator in the days
of thy youth while the evil days come not
nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt
say i have no pleasure in them.
Susan H Salter aged 10 years Elizabethtown
7th May 1826"
Susan Henrietta was born on April 7, 1816, to Thomas and Susan Henrietta Williamson Salter in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. She married George W. Wallace in 1843 and they had three children—William, Thomas, and Elizabeth. The sampler descended in the family of her sister, Harietta Matilda Spencer Salter, who married Elisha Codwise.
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Object Name
Date made
associated dates
1967 06 09
Salter, Susan H.
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
linen (overall material)
rose (overall color)
pink (overall color)
rust (overall color)
blue (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
light tan ground (overall color)
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
overall: 17 3/4 in x 13 3/4 in; 45.085 cm x 34.925 cm
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Elizabeth
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Louise Salter Codwise

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