Sylvia Blakeslee's Sampler

Description
Two long narrow strips of cloth joined with all four edges turned and whipped. One block alphabet with two of some letters; no "J." One crown. Same simple outline often used as spacer in alphabets. No border. Initials "SB." Linen thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross. THREAD COUNT: longer strip warp 38, weft 48/in.
; shorter strip warp 36, weft 40/in.
Background:
Sylvia was born on September 28, 1770, to Zophar and Eunice Ives Blakeslee in New Haven, Connecticut. She married Andrews Hall on December 3, 1800, and they had four children—William, Sylvia, Abigail, and Mary. She died on July 19, 1851, in Wallingford, Connecticut. Sylvia's simple sampler was treasured and passed down in her family. Her daughter Sylvia Hall made a more traditional sampler. See Sylvia Hall's sampler.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1750-1775
maker
Blakeslee, Sylvia
Physical Description
linen (embroidery thread material)
linen (ground fabric material)
Measurements
overall: 27 5/8 in x 3/4 in; 70.1675 cm x 1.905 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut
ID Number
TE*T16941
catalog number
T16941
accession number
310734
subject
Textiles
Alphabets
Samplers
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
Samplers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Prisk

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