Elizabeth Orme's Sampler

Large cornucopia of flowers and leaves above verse, with geometric carnation border. Flowers include morning glory, moss rose, sweet peas, and lily. Brown guidelines under cornucopia and flowers. Maker's age and date written in ink, probably added later. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: Cross, crosslet, herringbone. THREAD COUNT: warp 30, weft 28/in.
"The star of Bethlehem
Brighter than the rising day
When the sun of glory shines;
Brighter than the diamond's ray
Sparkling in Golonda's [sic] mines
Beaming through the clouds of wo
Smiles in Mercy's diadem
On the guilty world below
The Star that rose in Bethlehem
Elizabeth Orme
Novr 9th"
written in ink after the inscription is "1833 Age 9"
Elizabeth was born about 1825 to Sarah and Thomas Orme in Washington, D.C. She married James Hizer on September 6, 1854, but by the 1860 census, she was widowed and living with her mother and sister Anna, who was also a widow. Elizabeth died in 1892 of tuberculosis. See her mother's (Sarah Kurtz) sampler. Anna's daughter Mary donated her grandmother's and aunt's samplers.
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Object Name
Date made
associated dates
1933 06 22
Orme, Elizabeth
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
linen (overall material)
blue (overall color)
green (overall color)
amber (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
black (overall color)
cream ground (overall color)
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
overall: 20 7/8 in x 17 1/4 in; 53.0225 cm x 43.815 cm
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Georgetown
associated place
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Mary E. Lyddane

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