Overall: 8 7/8 x 8 1/4 in. ( 22.5 x 21 cm )
Vertical rectangular linen sampler with blue and brown silk floss; horizontal rows of alphabets and numbers on upper two-thirds separated by rows of design, inscription across bottom third; cross stitched.
Gift of Edith D. Blaisdell
embroidered: bottom, in blue floss: "Thomas C Fanning. / 24 Prospect St. / Brooklyn Feb. 1851."
The circumstances motivating a middle-class schoolboy in mid-nineteenth-century New York to execute a sampler are unclear, but Thomas Coit Fanning (b. 1840) may have worked his while attending Brooklyn's Public School 13. Born in upstate New York, Thomas moved with his family to Brooklyn when he was nine years old. He went on to attend New York University and practice medicine in Tarrytown, New York.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.