Samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans

Samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania German Society (Jun 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911122583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911122589
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.1 x 2.5 cm

Great book. When this was first published in 1991, it cost $40. This book is extremely well coordinated. The chapters are:

ORIGINS….including sampler definitions and names, European influence, etc.
CHRONOLOGY..1683- 1776; 1777-1809; 1860-present; aids for establishing dates
MOTIFS…including preferences, number per sampler, evolution of, crowns
INFLUENCES…family, community, “Schwenkfelder” Samplers, “Franconia Mennonites”
DECORATION…the process, the textiles, texts used, special purpose samplers
SAMPLERS…44 pages showing all the samplers, mostly b&w photos

… over 300 pages. Every single thing about a sampler is analyzed, listed and explained. Every motif. The type of girl or woman who made them. Popular motifs and alphabets are closely photographed and charted out so you can replicate them. There are 10 different crown motifs. In Appendix C, every sampler is listed by both name and earliest date shown on the sampler (for example if it were a family tree). Hundreds of samplers. At the end of the list are the “undated/ no name” ones and they are labeled with their origin or brief description. Unfortunately, all of the pictured samplers in this chapter are in b&w. Fortunately, they are also shown in full or in detail in earlier parts of the book, often in color.

The detail is fascinating. Look at the images above: they found the one time a girl put a sign on her sampler (of a tavern). Another one is an extremely detailed photo of the only reclining (lying down) deer. (They’re usually just standing or walking.)

There are 718 birds, 281 being just a single bird, 99 facing sets, 52 roosters and 20 birds

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