Susan Roberdeau's Sampler

This sampler by Susan Roberdeau, dating to 1811, is stitched with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 28, weft 32/ in. The stitches used are cross, herringbone, Algerian Eye, rice, marking cross, and hem. The inscription is: “Susan Robertdeaus Work/aged 10 YearS.” Also included are the initials "SSB" "ISR" "MSR" and the date 1811. Susan Shippen Roberdeau was born ca. 1802 to Lt. Col. Isaac (1763-1829) and Susan Shippen Blair (1771-1843) Roberdeau in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She died unmarried in Georgetown, DC on September 9, 1884 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. She lived with her sister Frances Roberdeau Buchanan after the death of her mother. See her sister Mary's sampler TE*H35625A.
Currently not on view
date made
Roberdeau, Susan Shippen
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Germantown
Physical Description
linen (overall ground)
silk (overall thread)
overall: 9 5/8 in x 7 7/8 in; 24.4475 cm x 20.0025 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Roberdeau Buchanan
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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