Catharine Schlater,

Catharine Schlater,

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1810

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sampler size: 21¼” x 16½” • framed size: 24¼” x 19½” • sold

A large and beautifully made sampler, this is signed, “Catherine Schlater 6th mo 3rd 1810,” Quaker dating for June 3rd, 1810. The sampler belongs to a small group of sophisticated and finely worked samplers made in Montgomery County, northwest of Philadelphia between 1809 and 1829. These samplers all exhibit highly developed compositions and exemplary needlework throughout. Shared characteristics include the pair of willow trees, a lovely clover plant, baskets of flowers, and names or initials of parents and siblings. The borders are all precise, curvaceous, graceful vines. The phrasing of the date of this sampler leads to the conclusion that the teacher or school was Quaker.

Catharine was born in 1796 to Ulrich and Mary (Sheetz) Schlater, who lived in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, where Ulrich was a weaver. The Ulrich family in Pennsylvania began with Catharine’s grandfather, Hans Casper Schlater, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1752, documented by Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808, (Pennsylvania German Society, 1934).

Sadly, Catharine died young, in 1812, just two years after she made this sampler. She is buried in Boehm Cemetery with many family members. This sampler likely served as a fond remembrance to her family. 

Worked in silk on linen, it is in very good condition. There are two tiny holes to the linen and the linen near the alphabet is slightly lighter in color. The needlework is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in its fine, original mahogany frame. 


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