Priscilla Conrad,

Priscilla Conrad,

Horsham, Montgomery Co. Pennsylvania, 1806 

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sampler size: 20 x 17¾” • framed size: 24¾” x 22½” • sold

This large and finely worked sampler was made Priscilla Conrad in 1806 and shares characteristics with others made in Horsham, an early town in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. Notably, the highly developed and very unusual border with its precise outline and various, stylized floral embellishments has been found on a small number of other samplers made by Quaker girls who lived in Horsham in the late 18th and very early 19th centuries.

Born on November 22, 1785, Priscilla was a daughter of Hannah (Baker) and Samuel Conrad (1744-1819), the youngest of their six children. Samuel was born in Horsham and appears to have remained there his whole life.

Prior to 1810, Priscilla married Jonathan Adamson (1785-1853) also of Horsham and the couple removed to Philadelphia. Sometime after 1817, the couple returned to Montgomery County. Their presence is noted in various local Quaker meeting records. Both the 1840 and 1850 censuses list the couple as living in Whitemarsh, Montgomery County. Priscilla outlived her husband by twelve years, passing away on April 27, 1865 in Whitemarsh. According to the notes that stayed with the sampler, it descended in her family for many generations.

Priscilla’s sampler is a bit unfinished. She likely intended two more corner elements to join the wonderful eagle in the upper right and the Quaker motif at lower left. Her verse, a classic one reading, “Teach me to feel another’s woe / To hide the fault I see / That mercy I to others show / That mercy ...” is missing a few words at the end; these would have been, “shows to me.”

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

Image of the reverse of sampler prior to conservation mounting

 

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