Eugenia Danels Mumma

Eugenia Danels Mumma

Baltimore, Maryland, 1835

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sampler size: 16¾” x 18½” • framed size: 21¾” x 22” • sold

American samplers can offer scenes with a fresh folk quality that is not generally found on samplers of any other origin. Eugenia Danels Mumma, aged twelve years and living in Baltimore, was the maker of this outstanding example on which the depiction of a house on lawn with trees, birds and flower baskets has all the personality of a folk painting. Along with the poem, which celebrates the role of their teachers and parents, and the interesting family history which accompanies it, this is indeed an attractive sampler.

The Mumma family in America began with Lenhart Mumma, who sailed on the ship Johnson from Rotterdam in 1732 along with his wife and five children. They landed in Philadelphia, joining the thousands for German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the early 18th century. New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania became home to the Mumma family and four more children were born and christened there. Lenhart Mumma was the great-great-great-grandfather of Eugenia Danels Mumma and the family remained in Pennsylvania for many generations, removing to Baltimore in the late 18th century.

Eugenia was the daughter of David and Julia Ann (Taylor) Mumma whose 1823 marriage was recorded in Baltimore. David served as the superintendent of the Baltimore and York Pike Road, keeping the first toll house out of Baltimore. Eugenia married Lewis Gabler, a carpenter, who had been born in Germany, in Baltimore in 1849 and their three children were christened at the First Reformed Church of Baltimore as well.

Eugenia’s sampler is included in Gloria Seaman Allen’s A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery 1738-1860’s List of Maryland Samplers and Pictorial Embroideries (2007: Maryland Historical Society).

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a maple and cherry cornerblock frame.


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