Sylvia Blakeslee's Sampler
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.
- 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.
- Currently not on view
- Date made
- Blakeslee, Sylvia
- place made
- United States: Connecticut
- Physical Description
- linen (embroidery thread material)
- linen (ground fabric material)
- overall: 27 5/8 in x 3/4 in; 70.1675 cm x 1.905 cm
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- catalog number
- accession number
- Credit Line
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Prisk
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center