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Sarah Prince Fenn's Sampler

Sarah Prince Fenn's Sampler

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Two block alphabets, no "J," with "V" and "U" reversed. Numbers to 10. Alphabets and numbers colored in groups. These rows separated by simple geometric crossbands. Crown and several simple geometric motifs fill out alphabet lines. At base of sampler, rose, tulip, strawberry plants, and tree climbing one edge. Brown guidelines under tree and flowers. Border of single row of marking cross on all four sides. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: two-sided cross, marking cross, satin, Algerian eye, stem, outline, queen, straight, tent, crosslet, herringbone, chain, hem. THREAD COUNT: warp 26, weft 31/in.
"Sarah Prince Fenn Aged
12 Year 7 months
Sarah was born on February 21, 1763, to Benjamin and Mary Peck Fenn in Milford, Connecticut. She married Theophilus Miles, and they had three children—Mary, Samuel, and Sarah Fenn. Mrs. Miles died in Milford on May 15, 1790, about five months after the birth of their daughter Sarah Fenn Miles. Theophilus married Martha Clark on September 15, 1791.
Object Name
Date made
Fenn, Sarah Prince
Place Made
United States: Connecticut, New Haven
Physical Description
linen ( ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
overall: 9 7/8 in x 7 5/8 in; 25.0825 cm x 19.3675 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Paul S. Conger in memory of Mr. William J. Whitting
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