Costume and Textiles
SamplerMade in Rapho Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Made by Fanny Nissley, American, 1821 - 1888
Cotton plain weave with silk and cotton embroidery in cross and back stitches; silk plain weave border with rosettes
Currently not on view
1969-288-145Whitman Sampler Collection, gift of Pet, Incorporated, 1969
LabelThe central motif, a crowned heart with seven emanating branches, was German in origin, and especially popular with Mennonites such as Fanny. The letters OEHBDDE signify "O Edel Herz BeDenk Dein End" or "Oh noble heart think on thine end." This memento mori is flanked by other typical Pennsylvania German motifs, including two proud peacocks, stars, deer, and a variety of vase-and-flower motifs. The whole is framed by a two-color ribbon border with rosettes at the corners, a finish favored for both Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania German samplers.