2011.0036.004 Sampler
  • 2011.0036.004 Sampler
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Sampler (Alphabet sampler)

  • Category:

    Textiles (Needlework)

  • Creator (Role):

    Mary Phillips (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    Pennsylvania or Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Linen; Silk; Wood; Cotton

  • Techniques:

    Embroidered, Woven (plain)

  • Museum Object Number:


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Object Number


Object Name

Sampler (Alphabet sampler)


Textiles (Needlework)

Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Philip W. Warner

Creator (Role)

Mary Phillips (Maker)
Mary Phillips, probably from Philadelphia or Wilminigton, Delaware, worked this sampler in 1814.

Place of Origin

Pennsylvania or Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Inscription; Within sampler text; "1814" and "Mary Rhillips * JR * HR" (embroidered silk threads)
2. Label; Pinned on tag; "2011.36.4 / L2011.1071.4 (crossed out)" (graphite)
3. Label; Sticker on reverse; "This textile was mounted according to / conservation standards using archival / materials (acid-free boards, polyester / batting, 100% cotton covering). / February 2011" (typed)


Linen; Silk; Wood; Cotton


Embroidered, Woven (plain)

Construction Description


Dimensions (inches)

22.25 (L) , 6.75 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

56.515 (L) , 17.145 (W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements of object on mount

Object Description

Web - 05/15/2014

This is a linen alphabet sampler with silk threads. It was worked by Mary Phillips, probably from Philadelphia or Wilmington, Delaware, in 1814. This sampler is one of a group of four at Winterthur worked by four different girls from the renowned Philadelphia/Wilmington, Delaware, Bringhurst and Ashburnham family line. Mary Phillips remains unidentified, although families with this surname have been found in northern Delaware, southern Chester County, and Philadelphia. The initials on her sampler may represent additional unidentified family members, probably her parents. The inscription reads: "1814" and "Mary Philli / ps * JR * HR"