Rebecca H. Colcord,

Rebecca H. Colcord,

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1828

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sampler size: 17½” x 12¾” • framed size: 20” x 15½” • sold

Born in 1820 to John and Mary (Copia) Colcord, Rebecca Hunter Colcord was the eldest of their two daughters. In 1828, Rebecca worked this lovely sampler with an alphabet, religious verse and many fine Quaker motifs, set in a handsome, balanced composition. A graceful leafy vine and a narrow outer cross-stitched border frame the sampler well. While the Colcord family wasn’t Quaker, it’s clear that Rebecca attended a Quaker school or was taught by a Quaker teacher. 

Rebecca’s father, John Colcord, was born in New Hampshire but removed to Philadelphia where he married Mary Copia. The family remained in Philadelphia and in 1842, Rebecca married Isaac B. Baxter, Jr at Trinity Episcopal Church. They had six children between 1843 and 1856. Census records and various city directories indicate that Isaac owned a hardware store. Rebecca died in 1868 and is buried in Woodlands Cemetery along with many family members. 

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. See below for a photo of the reverse of the sampler taken prior to the mounting. It has been conservation mounted and is a figured maple frame with a gilt liner. 

Photo of reverse

 

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