Made by Fanny Nissley, American, 1821 - 1888

Made in Rapho Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Cotton plain weave with silk and cotton embroidery in cross and back stitches; silk plain weave border with rosettes

22 1/8 x 21 1/2 inches (56.2 x 54.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Whitman Sampler Collection, gift of Pet, Incorporated, 1969

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The central motif, a crowned heart with seven emanating branches, was German in origin, and especially popular with Mennonites such as Fanny. The letters OEHBDDE signify "O Edel Herz BeDenk Dein End" or "Oh noble heart think on thine end." This memento mori is flanked by other typical Pennsylvania German motifs, including two proud peacocks, stars, deer, and a variety of vase-and-flower motifs. The whole is framed by a two-color ribbon border with rosettes at the corners, a finish favored for both Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania German samplers.