Alcinda C. Timberlake's Sampler

Description
Three block alphabets of 26 letters. One script alphabet with no "J." Numbers to 12 and to 6. All these rows separated by simple geometric crossbands. One wide crossband, grapevine, worked in free embroidery, with brown guidelines under stitches. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, long-armed cross, rice, Algerian eye, queen, outline, stem, satin, gobelin. THREAD COUNT: warp 25, weft 26/in.
Inscriptions:
"Do as you would be done by
Alcinda C: Timberlake, Char
-lestown Virginia 1817."
Background:
Alcinda Timberlake was born about 1803 and married Harfield Timberlake, Jr. on June 18, 1822, in Charlestown, Virginia. Their son Henry Carter Timberlake, born in 1835, taught at Mississippi College. He married Alice Jordan and they named one of their girls Alcinda after his mother. This granddaughter donated her grandmother's sampler. West Virginia became a state in 1863, and Charlestown is now part of West Virginia.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1817
maker
Timberlake, Alcinda C.
Physical Description
linen (ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
Measurements
overall: 17 in x 12 in; 43.18 cm x 30.48 cm
Place Made
United States: West Virginia, Charlestown
ID Number
TE*T13497
catalog number
T13497
accession number
254795
subject
Textiles
Alphabets
Samplers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Alcinda Carter Timberlake

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