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Object Name: Darning sampler
Date: 1810
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Medium: Linen, silk
Dimensions: Overall: 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. ( 31.1 x 26 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Vertical rectangular linen darning sampler with various colors of silk floss; various darning stitches simulating woven patterns across top border in satin-stitched checkerboard, herringbone, twill and plain weave patterns; horizontal rows of five different patterned alphabets and numbers separated by rows of various stitches in center; inscription of date, place, name and age, "New York 1810 Fair Street July 31st Joanna De Peyster Cooper 14 years of age"; verse at bottom; stitches include cross, eyelet or queen's, satin and Maltese cross.
Credit Line: Gift of Johanna Kuypers Sluyter
Object Number: 1913.7
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Marks: embroidered: on right side, within alphabet work, in blue floss: "New York 1810 / Fair Street July 31st" embroidered: bottom section, in blue floss: "Joanna DePeyster CooPer / 14 Years of Age"

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Joanna's sampler gives her New York City address as Fair Street, renamed Fulton Street in 1816. She was the daughter of prominent Dutch Reform minister Rev. Gerardus Kuypers and later the wife of Dr. Peter Van Zandt. Interestingly, Joanna chose to stitch the anglicized version of her family name-"Cooper"-rather than the Dutch "Kuypers."

Exhibitions:

"Once Upon An Island," Staten Island Children's Museum, May 1983-June 1984.

"Home Sewn: Three Centuries of Stitching History," New-York Historical Society, November 18, 2003-April 18, 2004.