2011.0036.003 Sampler
  • 2011.0036.003 Sampler
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Sampler (Alphabet or band sampler)

  • Category:

    Textiles (Needlework)

  • Creator (Role):

    Mary Ann Hack (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

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

  • Materials:

    Linen; Silk; Wood; Cotton

  • Techniques:

    Embroidered, Woven (plain)

  • Museum Object Number:


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Object Number


Object Name

Sampler (Alphabet or band sampler)


Textiles (Needlework)

Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Philip W. Warner

Creator (Role)

Mary Ann Hack (Maker)
Mary Ann Hack, probably from Philadelphia or Wilminigton, Delaware, worked and completed this silk on linen sampler on November 4, 1824.

Place of Origin

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

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Inscription; Bottom band, centered; "Mary Ann Hack November 4th 1824" (embroidered silk threads)
2. Label; Pinned on tag; "2011.36.3 / L2011.1071.3 (crossed out)" (graphite)
3. Label; Sticker on reverse; "February 2011 - This sampler was / treated and mounted according / to conservation standards using / archival materials (acid-free / boards, polyester batting, cotton / fabric, polyester thread)." (handwriteen, graphite)


Linen; Silk; Wood; Cotton


Embroidered, Woven (plain)

Construction Description


Dimensions (inches)

18 (L) , 18 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

45.72 (L) , 45.72 (W)

Measurement Notes

Measurements of object on mount

Object Description

Web - 05/15/2014

This is a linen alphabet or band sampler with silk threads. It was worked by Mary Ann Hack, probably from Philadelphia or Wilmington, Delaware, and was completed on November 4, 1824. 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 Ann Hack remains unidentified, although families with this surname have been found in northern Delaware, southern Chester County, and Philadelphia. The Quaker influence is evident in this and the other samplers, especially those with motifs and decorative elements. The vases with the triple tulips are very similar to those found on samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans. The composition of Mary Ann's sampler is balanced and artfully arranged and demonstrates her skill with a needle. The inscription reads: " 'Tis Religion that can give / Sweetest pleasures while we live / 'Tis Religion must supply / Solid comforts when we die / After death its joys shall be / Lasting as Eternity" and "Mary Ann Hack November 4th 1824"