Anna Leadbeater's Sampler

This sampler by Anna Leadbeater, dating to 1853, is stitched with cotton embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 23, weft 32/ in. The stitches used are cross, double cross, rice, and Algerian eye. The inscription is “Anna Leadbeater’s / Work / Aged 9 Alexandria, VA / 1852.” Anna Leadbeater was born on October 2, 1842, to John and Mary P. Stabler Leadbeater in Alexandria, Virginia. John Leadbeater was the owner of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary in Alexandria, which today is an apothecary museum. She married Henry C. Slaymaker, a Civil War veteran, on November 6, 1866, and they had three children - Isabel, Henry C. Jr, and Frank. Henry, Sr. died of consumption on February 28, 1880, and Anna died on February 15, 1906, in Alexandria, Virginia.
Currently not on view
date made
Leadbeater, Anna
place made
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
linen (overall material)
overall: 13 1/2 in x 8 in; 34.29 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Clarence Milton Yohn
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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