|Title||[Sampler made by Rachel Elmira Decker]|
Pictorial sampler. Embroidered with silk thread on linen ground. Motifs include a large flower container, trees, four deer, and a man and woman. A figure to the left of the large bouquet of flowers may represent the biblical figure of Joshua or Caleb carrying a bunch of grapes. An inner border of tulips is surrounded by an outer border of roses. Inscription in a box in the upper half: "Rachel Elmira Deck / er's Work done in / her 9th year. 1837". Overall dimensions are 25.750" H x 25.5" W.
(Keywords: New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of the Estate of J. Bay Robinson|
|Ownership and History||
Rachel Elmira Decker was one of nine children of John R. Decker, a farmer and boatman, and Catherine Van Name. She married Richard M. Tyson in 1849 and had two children, Lucretia and John Jacob. Rachel died in 1855, at the age of 26, and was buried in the cemetery of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church on Staten Island, in present-day Port Richmond.
|Maker||Decker, Rachel Elmira|
Decker, Rachel Elmira
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