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Family Register Sampler (USA), 1798

This is a Family register sampler. It was embroidered by Alicia Lawrence. It is dated 1798 and we acquired it in 2008. Its medium is silk embroidery on linen foundation and its technique is embroidered in cross stitch 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 Family Registers and Family Legends.

This object was donated by William H. Mathers and Myra Mathers. It is credited Gift of Myra M. and William H. Mathers.

Its dimensions are

Frame H x W x D: 47.6 x 48.9 cm (18 3/4 x 19 1/4 in.) Warp x Weft (unframed): 41.9 x 41.9 cm (16 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

Alicia Lawrence's Work Wrought in the 12th year of her age 1798

Cite this object as

Family Register Sampler (USA), 1798; Embroidered by Alicia Lawrence (American, 1787 - 1866); silk embroidery on linen foundation; Frame H x W x D: 47.6 x 48.9 cm (18 3/4 x 19 1/4 in.) Warp x Weft (unframed): 41.9 x 41.9 cm (16 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.); Gift of Myra M. and William H. Mathers; 2008-31-14-a,b

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