Mary Howard's Sampler

This sampler by Mary Howard, dating to 1826, is stitched with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 24, weft 25/ in. The stitches used are cross, and crosslet. The inscription is: "Wrought AD 1826 by Mary Howard aged nine years / Diligence and industry and proper improvement of time / are material duties of the young.” Mary Howard was born 4 February 1817, to Dr. Nathaniel and Olive Brown Howard in New Hampshire, and married July 16, 1840, Roswell Willard Turner (1815-1901) in Boston, Massachusetts. They had two children – George Francis (1846-1847) and Mary Elisabeth (1848-1849). Mary died September 5, 1889 at Dorchester, Massachusetts and is buried in Newton, Massachusetts. See her mother's (TE*T18586) and sister Olive's (TE*T18585) samplers.
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Howard, Mary
Physical Description
linen (overall ground)
silk (overall thread)
overall: 9 5/8 in x 12 1/8 in; 24.4475 cm x 30.7975 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fielding Pope Meigs, Jr.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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