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Family Register Sampler (USA)

This is a Family register sampler. It was embroidered by Abigail Barnard. It is dated 1833 and we acquired it in 1941. Its medium is silk and cotton embroidery on linen foundation and its technique is embroidered in cross stitch on plain weave foundation. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled In Bliss or Woe.

This object was bequest of Mrs. Henry E. Coe. It is credited Bequest of Mrs. Henry E. Coe.

  • Big Road Census (USA)
  • colored pencil, graphite, and watercolor on paper.
  • National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution NAA MS 2372 (Inv.....
  • 15.2012.6
  • Awls (USA)
  • carved ivory.
  • National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, 3/6271.
  • 17.2012.5

Its dimensions are

H x W: 44.5 x 44 cm (17 1/2 x 17 5/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Wrought by Abigail Barnard Pittsfield Mass. 1833

Cite this object as

Family Register Sampler (USA); Embroidered by Abigail Barnard (American, 1806 - 1885); silk and cotton embroidery on linen foundation; H x W: 44.5 x 44 cm (17 1/2 x 17 5/16 in.); Bequest of Mrs. Henry E. Coe; 1941-69-19

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