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Sampler (USA), 1729

This is a Sampler. It was embroidered by Martha Butler and student of Susanna Condy. It is dated 1729 and we acquired it in 1974. Its medium is silk embroidery on linen foundation and its technique is embroidered in cross, eye, satin, herringbone, stem, knot, couching and detached looping stitches on plain weave foundation. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled A Sampler by Martha Butler.

This object was bequest of Rosalie Coe. It is credited Bequest of Rosalie Coe, from the collection inherited from her mother, Eva Johnston Coe.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 46 x 20.3 cm (18 1/8 x 8 in.)

It is inscribed

Martha Butler is my name and with my needle I wrought the same and if my skill it had been batter, I would have mended every letter. An the 19 Day 1729 the 12 of my age

Cite this object as

Sampler (USA), 1729; Embroidered by Martha Butler (American, b. about 1717); silk embroidery on linen foundation; H x W: 46 x 20.3 cm (18 1/8 x 8 in.); Bequest of Rosalie Coe, from the collection inherited from her mother, Eva Johnston Coe; 1974-42-5

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