Anna Leadbeater's Sampler

Description
Six block alphabets. One double of 26 letters. Numbers through 13. Alphabets and numbers colored in pairs or groups with all rows separated by simple geometric crossbands. No border. Cotton thread on cotton ground. STITCHES: cross, four-sided, double cross, rice, Algerian eye, crosslet. THREAD COUNT: warp 25, weft 25/in.
Inscription:
"Anna Leadbeater
to her Father
8 mo 28th
1852.
Age 10"
Background:
Anna 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1852
maker
Leadbeater, Anna
Physical Description
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
cotton (thread material)
cotton (ground material)
Measurements
overall: 16 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in; 41.91 cm x 31.75 cm
Place Made
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
ID Number
TE*T12612
catalog number
T12612
accession number
235642
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 Mrs. Clarence Milton Yohn

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