Elizabeth Holland's Sampler

Description:

Three block alphabets; no "J" or "U." All alphabet letters and words in inscription done in alternating colors; geometric crossbands (some of them geometric flowering vines) separate all rows. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, two-sided cross, marking cross, satin, straight, fern, Algerian eye, herringbone, long-armed cross. THREAD COUNT: warp 38, weft 39/in.

Inscription:

"ELISABeTH HOLLAND IS MY NA
Me ENGLISH IS MY NATION BOST
ON IS MY DWeLLING PLACe
AND CHRIST IS MY SALVATION
WHeN I AM DeAD AND GONE
AND ALL MY BONeS ARE ROTeN
I LeAVe THIS SAMPLeR BeHIND
I MAY NOT Be FORGOTTeN FINIS
HeD IN THe 13 YeAR OF HeR
AGe OCTOBeR 14 1737"

Background:

Elizabeth was born on June 28, 1725, to Samuel and Elizabeth Holland in Boston, Massachusetts. She married Edward Gyles in Boston on her birthday, June 28, 1743. They had two sons, Edward and Samuel.

Date Made: 1737

Maker: Holland, Elizabeth

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

Depicted: Alphabets

Subject:

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, Samplers, Textiles

Exhibition:

Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John H. Murray, in honor of Mrs. Grace Rogers Cooper

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T18126Catalog Number: T18126Accession Number: 323477

Object Name: sampler

Physical Description: linen (ground fabric material)silk (embroidery thread material)Measurements: overall: 18 1/4 in x 8 1/4 in; 46.355 cm x 20.955 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-907f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_639696

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