M. A. Hofman's Sampler


Flowers, people, building with fence, crossbands, inscriptions. Top and sides have floral border with eight-pointed star at center top. German alphabet of capitals, no "J." Script alphabet of capitals, no "J." Lower-case alphabet has both "I" and "J" with "w, x, y, and z" smaller than rest of alphabet to make them fit. Silk embroidery thread on cotton ground. STITCHES: cross, satin. THREAD COUNT: warp 25, weft 26/in


"School No 7"
"M. A. Hofman


Public schools were established in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1836, and needlework and sampler making were part of the curriculum. After grade three, the girls and boys where separated and went to different schools. For the girls, one afternoon each week was devoted to needlework. There are samplers in existence from School No. 7 and School No. 8. It is thought this work was done under the tutelage of Miss Fanny Webber, who taught from 1836 to 1863. M. A. Hofman has not yet been identified.

Date Made: 1848

Maker: Hofman, M. A.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Carlisle

Subject: Alphabets

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of the children of John Lacey and Persis Anne Phillips: Katherine H. Brighoff, Sarah J.Yarborough, George Ross Phillips, and John L. Phillips

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1998.0130.01Catalog Number: 1998.0130.01Accession Number: 1998.0130

Object Name: sampler

Physical Description: cotton (ground fabric material)silk (embroidery thread material)Measurements: overall: 27 1/4 in x 20 1/8 in; 69.215 cm x 51.1175 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-9972-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1214452

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