Lydia Dickman's Sampler

Description
Two block alphabets with no "J" or "U" with each letter in alphabets and each word in inscription different color. Ten narrow decorative crossbands, three wide crossbands, and narrow geometric crossbands separating these and lettered rows; last crossband has row of strawberry(?) motifs against background solidly filled with cross stitches and first nine letters of lower-case alphabet. All four edges hemstitched with yellow silk thread. Wool and silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, two-sided cross, eyelet, marking cross, gobelin, satin, tent (petit-point), hem. THREAD COUNT: warp 46, weft 43/in.
Inscription:
"LYDIA DIC
KMaN IS MY NAMe AND ENGL
AND IS MY NATION aND BOST
ON IS MY DWeLLING PlaC aND
CHRIST IS MY SALVATION DON
e IN THIRTeeN YeAR OF MY
age 1735"
Background:
Lydia was born about 1722, and married Francis Shaw of Boston, Massachusetts, on January 1, 1745. They had one son, Thomas, who was born December 11, 1745. Lydia died in Boston on December 26, 1746, just a year after the birth of her son.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1735
maker
Dickman, Lydia
Physical Description
linen (ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
yellow (overall color)
green (overall color)
red (overall color)
violet (overall color)
rust (overall color)
tan ground (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 18 1/8 in x 7 in; 46.0375 cm x 17.78 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
TE*E388182-a
catalog number
E.388182-a
accession number
182022
subject
Alphabets
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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