Nancy Batchelder's Sampler

Description
Block upper-case alphabet of 26 letters, plus additional letters "NSABCDMHW." Three block lower-case alphabets of 26 letters. Script alphabet to "W" ("XYZ" in lower part of sampler, with inscription). Numbers 1 to 0 and vowels follow inscription. All these rows separated by simple crossbands. At bottom of sampler, flowering plant with birds, flanked by large urns of flowers and small flowering plants; much of this section worked in crinkled silk thread. Guidelines under some flowers and stems. Border of geometric flowering vine edged by narrow bands. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: satin, cross, stem, crosslet, chain, eyelet, surface satin, straight, encroaching satin, roumanian. THREAD COUNT: warp 22, weft 22/in.
Inscriptions:
"Youth like the sPring in verdues clad InraPtu'd beauties they disPlay
Their blooming smiles Profusive shed Which win the heart but fade awaY
Nancy Batchelder aged twelve years aeiou wy
Whilst You ingraVe with Silken art
Let Virtue occuPy Your heart"
Background:
Nothing is known about the life of Nancy Batchelder.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1800-1825
maker
Batchelder, Nancy
Place Made
unknown
Physical Description
linen (ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
Measurements
overall: 16 1/2 in x 17 3/8 in; 41.91 cm x 44.1325 cm
ID Number
TE.T08816
catalog number
T8816
accession number
164484
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Marion J. McLean
subject
Alphabets
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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