Eve Sand,

Eve Sand,

Knox, Albany County, New York, 1827

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sampler size: 16¼" x 16¾" • framed size: 21" x 21¼" • sold

Family record samplers served a purpose not unlike inscriptions in the family bible; they recorded and preserved important information regarding the cohesive family unit, which had taken on a heightened significance in the new republic. An important exhibition of these samplers, presented in 1989 at the DAR Museum in Washington, DC, documented the origin and great variety of this form. Curator Dr. Gloria Seaman Allen, in the accompanying catalogue, Family Record: Genealogical Watercolors and Needlework, states that the family record sampler was, most certainly, an American invention.

Eve Sand’s sampler, “Finished August 28 1827,” was included in this DAR exhibition and is published in the above mentioned book. Along with family birth records, Eve stitched two houses, alphabets, a classic sampler verse and a memorial to her mother, Dorothea Sand, added after her death in 1835. Her advice, stitched under the house on the left, “Love instruction,” is particularly apt.

The Sand family lived in Knox, a small town west of Albany, New York and had been in living in Knox and nearby Berne for two generations. Eve’s grandfather, Christian Sand, was a founding trustee of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and active member of the community.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Dorothea (Fisher) Sand, born - as she stitched twice on her sampler - on January 10, 1814. Eve married a farmer, Elias Bassler (1819-1894) and they had three daughters. Their eldest was named for her late grandmother, Dorothea. Eve died in 1894. History of the family is published in Landmarks of Albany County by Amasa J. Parker, (Albany, NY, 1897).  

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

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