Mary P. Stabler's Sampler
- This sampler features six block alphabets: five of 26 letters and one double. All the rows are separated by simple geometric crossbands. Mary Stabler’s sampler is an example of a marking sampler that consisted predominately of alphabets and numbers, and was usually the first sampler a young lady stitched. Alphabets were used to mark linens for identification. Mary included the inscription:
“Mary P Stabler’s
Aged 11 Alexandria”
- The sampler is stitched with silk and cotton embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 28, weft 29/in. The stitches used are: cross, crosslet, four-sided, double cross, rice, Algerian eye, queen, and herringbone.
- Mary Pleasants Stabler was born on January 30, 1809, to Edward and Mary Hartshorne Stabler in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1835 she married John Leadbeater and they had eight children - Edward S., Lucy, Mary G., Alice, Anna, Alice, William, and Thomas. Mary died on August 9, 1863. See her daughter Anna Leadbeater’s samplers.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- embroidery, sampler
- date made
- Stabler, Mary P.
- Physical Description
- linen (ground material)
- silk (embroidery thread material)
- cotton (embroidery thread material)
- overall: 17 in x 12 1/4 in; 43.18 cm x 31.115 cm
- place made
- United States: Virginia, Alexandria
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center