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