Annzalette Hussey's Sampler


Two block alphabets of 26 letters. One script alphabet with no "J," and "O" instead of "Z"; numbers to 19. Alphabets and numbers colored in pairs or groups with all these rows separated by simple geometric crossbands. In lower half of sampler, flower basket on rectangular base, flanked by two eight-sided lozenges decorated with swags and tassels containing inscription and date. Border of geometric flowering vine on all four sides. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, crosslet, outline, stem, chain, satin. THREAD COUNT: warp 22, weft 25/in.


aged 9

In the year of
our Lord


Anzolette was born on April 7, 1812, to Captain Andrew (1783–1861) and Mary Tredick Hussey in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She married Ebenezer Knight on June 15, 1835, and they had five daughters—Mary, Ariadne, Hannah E., Sarah K., and Abby. Anzolette died on November 20, 1895, in Washington, D.C., but is buried in Portsmouth. In 1827, at the age of fourteen, she was a student in the First Female School of Portsmouth. On this sampler she spelled her name Annzalette, and throughout her life she used the two different spellings for her first name. This sampler is very different from her other one and was probably worked at a different school. See Anzolette Hussey for her other sampler.

Date Made: 1821

Maker: Hussey, Anzolette

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Hampshire, Portsmouth

Depicted: Alphabets


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Abby Knight McLane

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.H33961Catalog Number: H33961Accession Number: 63786

Object Name: sampler

Physical Description: linen (ground fabric material)silk (embroidery thread material)Measurements: overall: 15 3/4 in x 17 1/2 in; 40.005 cm x 44.45 cm


Record Id: nmah_639633

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