Object Details

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Mary Ramsey, 1823

Sampler Archive ID: SA000109
Maker: Mary Ramsey
Maker Birthplace: Cecil County, Maryland
Maker Age: 19-20+ years
Place Made: possibly Cecil County, Maryland
Year Made: 1823
Decade Made: 1820-1829
Owner: DAR Museum
Accession Number: 1390
Object Credit: Gift of Matilda Ramsey
Contributor: DAR Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Tall rectangle
Object Dimensions: 19.50 H x 14.70 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 23.20 H x 18.50 W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: 6
Enclosures: None
Text types: Alphabet, Number series, Personal name, Date, Verse, Maker signature, Family genealogy
Text medium: Stitched
Mary Ramsey     gter
of Andrew And Jemima 
Ramsey made in 1823
Why should our mourning thoughts delight to grovel in
the dust or why should streams of tears unite around
the expiring just
Lord give me wisdom to direct my ways i ask not
riches nor lenth of days
Motifs/Symbols: Architectural, Floral and plant, Geometric, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Brown, Green, Red, Tan
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Slight loss
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Rice
Thread Count: Vertical: 32
Horizontal: 28

Maker History

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Birth Name:
family history
Birth Location:
City: unknown
County: family history and tombstone
State family history and tombstone
Death Date:
family history and tombstone
Death Location:
family history and tombstone
cemetary records
family history and tombstone
family history and tombstone
family history and tombstones
family history and tombstone
family history and tombstone

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Matilda Ramsey
Relation to maker: uncertain


Conservator: Cynthia Gompert
Date: 1999
Other actions: Mounted on acid free materials

Conservator: Julia Brennan
Date: 2004
Other actions: Mounted on acid free materials

Exhibitions: Title: Home and Country: Quilts and Samplers from the DAR Museum Collection
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Oct. 8, 2004 - Apr. 30, 2005

Title: Maryland Schoolgirl Samplers and Embroideries, 1738-1860
Host: Maryland Historical Society
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Date: 2007


Author(s): Gloria Seaman Allen
Title: A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery 1738-1860
Publication/Publisher: Maryland Historical Society
Date: 2007

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