Mary W. Tyler's Sampler


Two block alphabets. Upper-case alphabet has 26 letters; lower-case alphabet has no "J." One script alphabet with no "J" or "U." Numbers 1 through 14. Border of a vine with triangular flowers or leaves. Silk embroidery thread on linsey-woolsey; blue linen warp, tan wool weft. STITCHES: cross, Algerian eye, hem. THREAD COUNT: warp 27, weft 26/in.


"Embroidry [sic] decks
The canvas round
And yields a pleasing view
So virtue tends
to deck the mind
and form its blisful [sic] state
Mary W Tyler aged 12 years


This may have been made by Mary Welles Tyler, born on April 2, 1792, to Nathan and Nancy Tyler, or by Mary Whitwell Tyler, born on June 23, 1798, to Royall II and Mary Tyler.

Date Made: 1775-1825

Maker: Tyler, Mary W.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: WorldAssociated Place: United States: Virginia, Alexandria

Depicted: Alphabets


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0764.01Catalog Number: 1991.0764.01Accession Number: 1991.0764

Object Name: sampler

Physical Description: linen (overall material)wool (overall material)silk thread (overall material)embroidered (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 16 1/2 in x 14 3/4 in; 41.91 cm x 37.465 cm


Record Id: nmah_1089485

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