Olive Brown's Sampler

This sampler by Olive Brown, dating to c. 1799, is stitched in cross stitch with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 27, weft 29/ in. This sampler is embroidered as a memorial to George Washington. After stitching an alphabet in a beige color, Olive changed to black thread for the rest of the sampler to indicate mourning or death. The inscription is: GENERAL G / WASHINGT / ON PRES US / BN FEBRAUR / Y 22 1732 DEC / DECEMBER 14 1799 OLIVE / BROWN BORN / NOVEMR 7, 1782. Olive Brown was born November 7, 1782, to Benjamin and Esther Whittemore Brown in Winchendon, Worcester, Massachusetts. She married November 30, 1809, Dr. Nathaniel Howard (1783 - 1852) from Temple, New Hampshire. They had three children – Olive (1810 - 1846), Mary (1817-1889), and Nathaniel (1815 - ). Olive died March 12, 1820. See her daughter's Olive (TE*T18585) and Mary's (TE*T18587) samplers.
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Brown, Olive
Physical Description
linen (overall ground)
silk and linen (overall thread)
overall: 9 1/8 in x 6 1/8 in; 23.1775 cm x 15.5575 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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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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