M. A. Hofman's Sampler

Description
Flowers, people, building with fence, crossbands, inscriptions. Top and sides have floral border with eight-pointed star at center top. German alphabet of capitals, no "J." Script alphabet of capitals, no "J." Lower-case alphabet has both "I" and "J" with "w, x, y, and z" smaller than rest of alphabet to make them fit. Silk embroidery thread on cotton ground. STITCHES: cross, satin. THREAD COUNT: warp 25, weft 26/in
Inscriptions:
"School No 7"
"M. A. Hofman
Carlisle
1848"
Background:
Public schools were established in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1836, and needlework and sampler making were part of the curriculum. After grade three, the girls and boys where separated and went to different schools. For the girls, one afternoon each week was devoted to needlework. There are samplers in existence from School No. 7 and School No. 8. It is thought this work was done under the tutelage of Miss Fanny Webber, who taught from 1836 to 1863. M. A. Hofman has not yet been identified.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1848
maker
Hofman, M. A.
Physical Description
cotton (ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
Measurements
overall: 27 1/4 in x 20 1/8 in; 69.215 cm x 51.1175 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Carlisle
ID Number
1998.0130.01
catalog number
1998.0130.01
accession number
1998.0130
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
Credit Line
Gift of the children of John Lacey and Persis Anne Phillips: Katherine H. Brighoff, Sarah J.Yarborough, George Ross Phillips, and John L. Phillips

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