Sally Precinda Chaffee's Sampler

This sampler features two block alphabets of 26 letters, with numbers to 8. Below the alphabets is the inscription:

“Sally Precinda Chaffee 1849
11 years of Age”
This sampler was not done on fabric but on perforated paper, a light weight card that first became available in the 1820s and was commonly used for bookmarks and mottos. The sampler is stitched with cotton and wool embroidery thread on perforated paper with a count of 15/in. The stitches used are cross and tent.
Sally Precinda Chaffee was born on September 6, 1838, to Samuel and Ursula Selenda James Chaffee in Berkshire, Franklin county, Vermont. She died unmarried on August 30, 1857, in Berkshire, Vermont.
Currently not on view
Object Name
embroidery, perforated cardboard
date made
Chaffee, Sally Precinda
Physical Description
perforated paper (ground material)
wool (embroidery thread material)
cotton (embroidery thread material)
overall: 7 7/8 in x 10 1/4 in; 20.0025 cm x 26.035 cm
place made
United States: Vermont
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. Grace Chaffee Smith

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