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Sampler

Sampler
Title
Sampler
Date 
1768
Medium 
Linen, silk
Dimensions 
Overall: 10 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. ( 25.7 x 21 cm )
Description 
Vertical rectangular linen cross-stitch sampler with various colors of silk floss; horizontal rows of alphabet, inscription, name, date and numbers, some separated by rows of stitching; cross-stitch.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Edward Rutledge
Object Number 
1954.182
Marks 
embroidered: bottom third, in various colors of floss: "CATHERINE BANCKER/HER WORK AGED 7 YE/ARS 1768 AUGUST TH/E SECOND DAY OF THE/MONTH"
Gallery Label 
Catherine Bancker completed this simple alphabet sampler in 1768 when she was seven years old. The sampler was likely her first sewing project, an introduction to the cross-stitch technique she would use to mark family linens when she took charge of her own household. Catherine's sampler verse reads: "This work in hands my friends may have when I am dead and laid in the grave." In an era when one in ten children did not survive their first year and almost four in ten died before age six, her verse reflected the heightened awareness of mortality typical of eighteenth-century children. Catherine Bancker (b. 1760) was the daughter of William Bancker and Anna Rutgers. She married Abraham De Peyster (1763-1801) in 1784.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group