Margaret Arndt's Sampler

Description
At bottom of the sampler is an unfinished two-story house with two baskets and an urn of flowers, on a ground of straight stitches shaded like Florentine patterns. Margaret Arndt stitched a common proverb that reflected the importance at that time of one’s salvation in Christ. The inscription reads:

“The LOSE of a FaThEr IS MUSh
BUT The LOZE OF a MOTher IS MOOR
BUT the LOSE OF ChrIST IS SUCh
AS NONe CAN RE STOre
DONe IN MY AELEVe
Nth YeAr OF my
Age the YeAr OF
OUR LOrd ONe ThOUSaNd 1815
Margaret Arndt”
The sampler is stitched with silk and cotton embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 27, weft 29/in. The stitches used are cross, chain, Algerian eye, satin, stem, outline, buttonhole, straight, crosslet, slanted gobelin, and hem.
Margaret Arndt, born ca. 1804 in Pennsylvania, married on June 11, 1833, as the second wife of Henry DeHuff (1794 - 1854). They had six children - Catherine (c.1834-), Jacob A. (c.1836-), Abraham (c.1838-), Anna (1840-), Susannah (c.1845-), and John (c.1848-).
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1815
maker
Arndt, Margaret
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
linen (ground material)
cotton (embroidery thread material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
Measurements
overall: 13 in x 11 1/2 in; 33.02 cm x 29.21 cm
ID Number
TE.T16418
catalog number
T16418
accession number
304266
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Margaret Lee Gaver
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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