Mary M. Meem's Sampler

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Description
Worked in pink, green, blue, beige, cream, tan, brown, gold, and black thread. Decorated with central flowering cornucopia above bird and inscription, all enclosed within strawberry queen-stitch border. Silk embroidery on plain-weave linen ground. STITCHES: cross, crosslet, queen, straight. THREAD COUNT: warp 30, weft 28/in.
Inscription:
"Mary M. Meem
finished this work in her fifteenth year
of her age
George Town D.C
A.D 1836"
Background:
Mary Margaret was born on October 17, 1821, to George A. and Rebecca Ann Mudd Meem in Georgetown, D.C. She married Seth Nichols as his second wife on April 8, 1842, and they had seven children—Clayton, Charles, Catherine, Caroline, Tillman, Ann, and Seth. He was a tailor, and they lived in Frederick, Maryland. Sometime after Seth's death on June 14, 1871, she moved back to Georgetown, D.C., and died there on October 27, 1889. She is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1836
maker
Meem, Mary M.
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Georgetown
Physical Description
linen (ground fabric material)
silk (embroidery thread material)
Measurements
overall: 20 5/8 in x 17 1/4 in; 52.3875 cm x 43.815 cm
ID Number
2004.0246.01
accession number
2004.0246
catalog number
2004.0246.01
subject
Birds
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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