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Phoebe E. Downing's Sampler

Phoebe E. Downing's Sampler

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Three block alphabets of 26 letters and numbers to 0. Five scattered eyelet stitches and short row of tent and reverse tent. Initials "ID," "ED," MSD," "PED," "RID," and "SWD." Border of simple geometric band on top and two sides. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: cross, rice, eyelet, crosslet, tent. THREAD COUNT: warp 23, weft 28/in.
"Phebe E 18 16 Downing"
Phoebe was born on December 23, 1807, to Joseph and Elizabeth Webster Downing in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Since the letters "I" and "J" were interchangeable, the initials "ID" were for her father, "ED" for her mother, "MSD" for her sister Mary S., "PED" for Phoebe, "RID" for brother Richard J., and "SWD" for sister Sarah W. An older brother Wesley R. died before the sampler was made, and another sister Thomazine was born after the sampler was made. Phoebe did not marry and died on August 20, 1849.
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Object Name
Date made
Downing, Phoebe E.
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Downingtown
Physical Description
linen (ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 31.75 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Col. and Mrs. Whitney Ashbridge
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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