Sampler in Original Frame

Made by Sarah Logan, American, 1751 - 1796. Frame attributed to James Reynolds, American, c. 1739 - 1794.

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Linen plain weave embroidered with linen and cotton in cutwork, drawn fabric and drawn thread work, shadow work, hollie point, and back, buttonhole, outline, and herringbone stitches; glazed cotton backing, linen bobbin lace (sampler); carved mahogany (frame)

Framed: 18 7/8 x 17 1/2 inches (47.9 x 44.5 cm) Unframed: 15 3/8 x 13 7/8 inches (39.1 x 35.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Daniel Blain, Jr., 1997

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Sarah Logan, whose Quaker family lived at Stenton mansion in the Germantown area of Philadelphia, laboriously worked her name, an alphabet, the date, and other tiny motifs in the bottom panel of her sampler. A variety of whitework techniques, called Dresden work, are showcased in the floral pattern unique to Philadelphia. This accomplished demonstration of needlework skill would have been proudly displayed; it retains the most elaborate original frame found on an American sampler.