Hannah Hall's Sampler; 1803

Hannah Hall's Sampler; 1803

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This sampler features two block alphabets, and below the alphabets are flower-baskets, trees, birds, and dogs. The flower baskets on this sampler may stand for friendship and love, while the birds are spirits of the air, and dogs denote fidelity and watchfulness. It is hemstitched on all four sides. Hannah included the inscription:

“Hannah Hall / AE 12 1803”
The sampler is stitched with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 25, weft 22/ in. The stitches used are cross, crosslet, satin, and reverse tent.
Nothing is known about the life of Hannah Hall.
Currently not on view
Object Name
embroidery, sampler
date made
Hall, Hannah
Physical Description
linen (ground material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
overall: 17 3/8 in x 11 1/4 in; 44.1325 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Gladys M. Cox
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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