Phoebe E. Downing's Sampler
Three block alphabets of 26 letters and numbers to 0. Five scattered eyelet stitches and short row of tent and reverse tent. Initials "ID," "ED," MSD," "PED," "RID," and "SWD." Border of simple geometric band on top and two sides. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, rice, eyelet, crosslet, tent. THREAD COUNT: warp 23, weft 28/in.
"Phebe E 18 16 Downing"
- Phoebe was born on December 23, 1807, to Joseph and Elizabeth Webster Downing in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Since the letters "I" and "J" were interchangeable, the initials "ID" were for her father, "ED" for her mother, "MSD" for her sister Mary S., "PED" for Phoebe, "RID" for brother Richard J., and "SWD" for sister Sarah W. An older brother Wesley R. died before the sampler was made, and another sister Thomazine was born after the sampler was made. Phoebe did not marry and died on August 20, 1849.
- Currently not on view
- Date made
- Downing, Phoebe E.
- Place Made
- United States: Pennsylvania, Downingtown
- Physical Description
- linen (ground fabric material)
- silk (embroidery thread material)
- overall: 7 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 31.75 cm
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- catalog number
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- Credit Line
- Gift of Col. and Mrs. Whitney Ashbridge
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History