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Object Name Sampler
Date 1825
Title [Sampler made by Cordelia Pelton]
Description Verse sampler. Embroidered with silk thread on linen ground. The verse is in the top center: "Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand / As the first effort of an infant hand / And while her fingers oer this canvass move / Engage her tender heart to seek thy love / With thy dear children let her share a part / And write thyself thy name upon her heart". Beneath the verse is a landscape with house, trees, water with boats, and animals. Vine border. Inscription at bottom: "Cordelia Pelton Aged 11 Years February 1 182[-] New York". Overall dimensions are 20.875" H x 21.375" W.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Adele Duffie
Ownership and History Cordelia Pelton made her sampler in Manhattan, where she lived as a young girl. She used different stitches and thicknesses of thread to create varied effects in her embroidery. Although silk threads are prone to fading, the colors in this sampler remain surprisingly vivid.

Cordelia was born February 9, 1814, the oldest child of a well-to-do family that moved to Staten Island during the 1830s. Her parents were Catherine Cortelyou Van Arsdale and Daniel Pelton.

Cordelia never married; she died in the family home in West Brighton on January 8, 1905 at the age of 90.
Earliest Date 1825
Latest Date 1825
Maker Pelton, Cordelia
Subjects Needlework
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Associated People Pelton, Cordelia
Catalog Number C06.0215
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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