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Object Name Sampler
Date 1837
Title [Sampler made by Rachel Elmira Decker]
Description 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.

Earliest Date 1837
Latest Date 1837
Maker Decker, Rachel Elmira
Subjects Needlework
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Associated People Decker, Rachel Elmira
Catalog Number 88.055.0013
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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