Sampler (Marking sampler)

  • Category:

    Textiles (Needlework)

  • Creator (Role):

    Calista Slack (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    Enfield, New Hampshire, New England, United States, North America

  • Date:

    1821-1831

  • Materials:

    Silk; Linen

  • Techniques:

    Embroidered, Cross stitched, Woven (plain)

  • Museum Object Number:

    2015.0033 A


  • Complete Details



Object Number

2015.0033 A

Object Name

Sampler (Marking sampler)

Category

Textiles (Needlework)

Credit Line/Donor

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Henry Francis du Pont Collectors Circle.

Creator (Role)

Calista Slack (Maker)
September 13, 1811-March 10, 1867
Calista was the daughter of Joseph and Polly (Woodbury) Slack of Plymouth, Vermont, the second of their six children. Research conducted by Mrs. Edmonds, with additional work that completed recently by the dealer, indicates that at the age of fifteen Calista joined the Second Family of the Enfield Shaker Community, along with other members of the Slack family. Perhaps, as was often the case, the family was attracted to the utopian society with its communal values. Calista remained a member of the Enfield Shakers throughout the balance of her life. Shaker correspondence indicates that, in 1838, she was appointed to the position of assistant to Eldress Nancy Allard, and in 1848, “Sister Calista Slack” was chosen to head the females in the office of Second Family of Enfield. A further move within the Enfield Community, to the North Family, was the result of an appointment to become Eldress, in 1864. Additionally, Calista worked as a tailoress and was listed as such in the 1860 census records. Eldress Calista Slack died on March 10, 1867 and is buried in the Shaker Cemetery of Enfield, along with four Slack family members and many members of her Shaker family.

Place of Origin

Enfield, New Hampshire, New England, United States, North America

Date

1821-1831

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Inscription; within design; "Calista Slack born September 13 year 1811 came to Enfield to live March February 17th 1826." (embroidered thread)

Subjects

Shaker

Materials

Silk; Linen

Techniques

Embroidered, Cross stitched, Woven (plain)

Construction Description

Hand-embroidered

Dimensions (inches)

9 (L) , 10.5 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

22.86 (L) , 26.67 (W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements above are for the sampler alone. Framed size: L: 11 3/4 inches; W: 13 1/4 inches

Object Description

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