Elizabeth Marx's Sampler


Verse and two wide floral crossbands, both arcaded, one with roses and one with strawberries and forget-me-nots. Two eight-pointed stars. Black guidelines under flowers in rose crossband. Center section framed in band of sawtooth. Border of geometric flowering vine with strawberries and pinks, and an outer row of dentil pattern on all four sides. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, straight, Algerian eye, satin, surface satin, encroaching satin, stem, queen, outline. THREAD COUNT: warp 40, weft 38/in.


"Here In This Garden Here Below
Water Me That I May Grow
And When All Grace To Me Is Given
Then Transplant Me Into Heaven

Elizabeth Marx Her Work 1802"


This is probably the Elizabeth born on March 20, 1790, to George and Elizabeth Marx in Reading, Pennsylvania. According to the records from the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading, she married Christian Brobst on September 6, 1812. She died June 20, 1847 and is buried at the Union/West End Cemetery in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.

Date Made: 1802

Maker: Marx, Elizabeth

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Reading

Depicted: Flowers


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Mary Ellen Totten

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T11651Catalog Number: T11651.000Accession Number: 222389

Object Name: sampler

Physical Description: linen (ground fabric material)silk (embroidery thread material)Measurements: overall: 16 3/4 in x 14 in; 42.545 cm x 35.56 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-9aee-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_639671

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