Mary M. Meem's Sampler


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.


"Mary M. Meem
finished this work in her fifteenth year
of her age
George Town D.C
A.D 1836"


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.

Date Made: 1836

Maker: Meem, Mary M.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: District of Columbia, Georgetown

Subject: Birds

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2004.0246.01Accession Number: 2004.0246Catalog Number: 2004.0246.01

Object Name: sampler

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


Record Id: nmah_1295916

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