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Object ID 1954.002.002
Object Name Sampler
Collection Textiles
Credit line Bequest of Mary Watson Green
Date 1842
Artist Elmira Kilgore
Made Elmira Kilgore
Description Marking sampler on linen with a border of repeating snakes twined around staffs on the left and right sides and a border of flying birds across the top. The sampler contains three different sizes of the alphabet, the top most one of which is the largest and most elaborately embellished. The lower portion is embroidered with floral motifs, two stylized animals (dogs or lions), and the maker's name "Elmira Killgore 1842." The lower right corner also has the stitched initials "MK."
Dimensions W-18.25 L-16.75 inches
Provenance Elmira Kilgore was a maternal aunt of the donor, whose mother was Mary Drucilla Kilgore (1836-1907; later Mrs. Daniel Green of Newport, DE), the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Borland) Kilgore of Christiana Hundred, DE.
Subjects Textiles
Search Terms Samplers
Elmira Kilgore
Nineteenth Century
Christiana Hundred
Material Linen; silk embroidery
Place of Origin Christiana Hundred, DE