Elizabeth Marx's Sampler

Verse and two wide floral crossbands, both arcaded, one with roses and one with strawberries and forget-me-nots. Two eight-pointed stars. Black guidelines under flowers in rose crossband. Center section framed in band of sawtooth. Border of geometric flowering vine with strawberries and pinks, and an outer row of dentil pattern on all four sides. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, straight, Algerian eye, satin, surface satin, encroaching satin, stem, queen, outline. THREAD COUNT: warp 40, weft 38/in.
"Here In This Garden Here Below
Water Me That I May Grow
And When All Grace To Me Is Given
Then Transplant Me Into Heaven
Elizabeth Marx Her Work 1802"
This is probably the Elizabeth born on March 14, 1791, to George and Elizabeth Marx in Reading, Pennsylvania. According to the records from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading, she married Christian Brobst on August 30, 1812.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Marx, Elizabeth
Physical Description
linen (ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
overall: 16 3/4 in x 14 in; 42.545 cm x 35.56 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Reading
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Mary Ellen Totten

Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 9:58:44 AM
Gwen Fox
This is a very sweet sampler. The verse is touching. The whole sampler is well balanced. This website with all the samplers is such eyecandy. Thanks for putting these samplers up for viewing.
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