Harriet Brigg's Sampler

Harriet Brigg's Sampler

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This sampler by Harriet Briggs, dating to 1827, is stitched with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 23, weft 23/in. The stitches used are cross, eyelet, Algerian Eye, long-armed cross, four-sided, reverse petit point, queen, and single feather. The inscription is: “Harriet Briggs / Sampler Aged 10 Years / Lee 1827.” Harriet Thatcher Briggs was born December 15, 1816, in Lee, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts to Joshua and Abigail Thatcher Briggs. She married May 5, 1840, Enoch Comstock (1815 – 1875). They had three children. Ella , Gertrude S., and Charles Gilbert. All their children were born in Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois. She died August 14, 1884, in Illinois.
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Object Name
Embroidery, Sampler
date made
Briggs, Harriet Thatcher
Physical Description
linen (overall ground)
silk (overall thread)
overall: 11 7/8 in x 10 7/8 in; 30.1625 cm x 27.6225 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Roger Templin
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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