Nancy Batchelder's Sampler


Block upper-case alphabet of 26 letters, plus additional letters "NSABCDMHW." Three block lower-case alphabets of 26 letters. Script alphabet to "W" ("XYZ" in lower part of sampler, with inscription). Numbers 1 to 0 and vowels follow inscription. All these rows separated by simple crossbands. At bottom of sampler, flowering plant with birds, flanked by large urns of flowers and small flowering plants; much of this section worked in crinkled silk thread. Guidelines under some flowers and stems. Border of geometric flowering vine edged by narrow bands. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: satin, cross, stem, crosslet, chain, eyelet, surface satin, straight, encroaching satin, roumanian. THREAD COUNT: warp 22, weft 22/in.


"Youth like the sPring in verdues clad InraPtu'd beauties they disPlay
Their blooming smiles Profusive shed Which win the heart but fade awaY

Nancy Batchelder aged twelve years aeiou wy

Whilst You ingraVe with Silken art
Let Virtue occuPy Your heart"


Nothing is known about the life of Nancy Batchelder.

Date Made: 1800-1825

Maker: Batchelder, Nancy

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: World

Depicted: Alphabets


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Marion J. McLean

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T08816Catalog Number: T8816Accession Number: 164484

Object Name: sampler

Physical Description: linen (ground fabric material)silk (embroidery thread material)Measurements: overall: 16 1/2 in x 17 3/8 in; 41.91 cm x 44.1325 cm


Record Id: nmah_639582

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