Mary E. Roberdeau's Sampler

This sampler by Mary E. Roberdeau dating to c. 1805, is stitched with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 30, weft 30/ in. The stitches used are cross, crosslet, Algerian Eye, and herringbone. The inscription is: “Mary E Roberdeau A D.” Mary Elizabeth Roberdeau was born March 30, 1795, to Lt. Col. Isaac (1763-1829) and Susan Shippen Blair (1771-1843) Roberdeau in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She died unmarried in Philadelphia, on November 15, 1833, and was buried in the burying-ground of the Ten Presbyterian Church, Walnut Street, but subsequently removed to Woodlands Cemetery. Mary may have stitched her sampler while they lived in New Jersey. On October 23, 1832, she received a thank you letter from John Quincy Adams for a purse she made for him. See her sister Susan's sampler TE* H35625B.
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Roberdeau, Mary Elizabeth
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Germantown
Physical Description
linen (overall ground)
silk (overall thread)
overall: 8 1/4 in x 7 3/8 in; 20.955 cm x 18.7325 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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