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Object Name Sampler
Date 1845-1855
Title [Sampler made by Emeline Egbert]
Description Random sampler. Embroidered with wool thread on linen ground. Twelve cross-stitched designs include four floral wreaths, a small vase, a boy with a trumpet, a dog, and a garland. Acorn border. Inscription: "Emeline Egbert / Staten Island / 18[--]". Overall dimensions are 16.750" H x 18.375" W.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Lucy Taylor Mersereau
Ownership and History The decorative motifs in Emeline Egbert's sampler may have been drawn from one of the commercially made needlework patterns which were in fashion in the mid-1800s. Her reliance on the use of cross stitch was typical of samplers done at mid-century and later.

Miss Egbert was born in New Dorp, Staten Island, on August 29, 1833. In 1860, she married William Taylor at the Moravian Church. They lived in Greenridge, Staten Island, and raised a family of four children. In the last years of her life Emeline resided in Mariners Harbor with her son Cornelius. She died at her home on March 28, 1906, and was buried in the Egbert family plot in New Dorp's Moravian Cemetery.

This sampler was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1953 by Emeline Egbert's daughter, Mrs. Lucy Taylor Mersereau.
Earliest Date 1845
Latest Date 1855
Maker Egbert, Emeline
Subjects Needlework
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Associated People Egbert, Emeline
Catalog Number C06.0135
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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