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Rare patriotic 1826 sampler, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, signed Catharine Tanger. Silk on linen sampler, unusual landscape orientation. Upper and lower case alphabet with numbers, over a center section stitched in various motifs: house, birds, trees, baskets of flowers. Bottom section reads "Catharine Tanger/My work in hand my friends may have when I am dead and in my grave," and "Virtue, Liberty and Independence" with stitched eagle. Names of Catharine Tanger’s family are listed below: John Tanger, Ann Tanger, Jacob Tanger, Susan Tanger, John Tanger, Andrew Tanger. Samplers with a patriotic motif are unusual from any area, but this one may have been inspired by the fact that 1826 was the 50 year anniversary of the year of America’s independence. Genealogical records show a Catharine Tanger, daughter of John Tanger and Catharine Metzger Tanger (d. 1812) and stepdaughter of Anna Tanger, was born August 28, 1812 on Willow St. in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The other names listed are siblings. Catharine Tanger married Emanuel Harnish in 1830 and died in 1849 (reputedly in childbirth). Catharine Tanger’s maternal grandfather, Jacob Metzger, served in the militia during the American Revolution. Condition: some bleeding of the black/dark brown dye, some areas of light ground discoloration, very small area of loss to vertical ground fibers in one area. Professionally conserved within last 12 years. Period frame. 16" x 21 1/2", sight; 19 5/8" x 25 1/4", framed. Circa 1826. Provenance: Garthoeffner Gallery, 1998.