Elizabeth Mason's Sampler

Description
Three block alphabets. No "J"; numbers to 18 and to 9; alphabets and numbers colored in groups of two. Rows of lettering and numbers separated by geometric crossbands; also two wide crossbands; one geometric strawberry vine, and one geometric vine with free-style roses, with guide-lines drawn under roses. At bottom of sampler, stag and doe on hillocks, surrounded by birds, butterflies, trees, flowers, under angular garland; stag and doe have satin-stitched collars. Name and date appear in flower-shaped medallion hanging from garland. Border of band of sawtoothed satin stitch and geometric carnation vine on all four sides. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, crosslet, stem, satin, Algerian eye, straight, bullion. THREAD COUNT: warp 36, weft 29/in.
Inscriptions:
"See How The Lillief[s] Flour White And Fair
See How the Ravenf[s] Fed From Heavenf[s] Air
Arif[s]e Thou King of Kingf[s] Arif[s]e And Reign
Except Thy Worf[s]hip SprinG All Worf[s]hipf[s] Vain
Elizabeth
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Year Of
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1783"
Background:
Elizabeth Mason was probably from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1783
maker
Mason, Elizabeth
Physical Description
linen (ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
Measurements
overall: 18 1/4 in x 16 1/8 in; 46.355 cm x 40.9575 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
TE*E391808
catalog number
E391808
accession number
71679
subject
Alphabets
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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