Elizabeth Shermer's Sampler

Description
One lower-case alphabet; six block alphabets; 26 letters. Numbers 1 through 17. Three practice eyelets, one worked in red cotton, two worked in red wool. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, tent, four-sided, eyelet, upright cross. THREAD COUNT: warp 26, weft 39/in.
Inscription:
"Elizabeth Shermer's
work done in the
eleventh year of her
age
1833"
Background:
This may be the Elizabeth Shermer who was born to Anthony and Anna Barbara Diehl Shermer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The sixth alphabet on her sampler is very unusual and has been found on other Pennsylvania samplers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sampler
Date made
1833
maker
Shermer, Elizabeth
Physical Description
linen (ground fabroc material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
embroidered (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 15 3/8 in x 16 1/8 in; 39.0525 cm x 40.9575 cm
Place Made
unknown
ID Number
1985.0856.01
accession number
1985.0856
catalog number
1985.0856.01
subject
Alphabets
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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