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Elisabeth Orme's sampler 1833 age 9 US

Large cornucopia of flowers and leaves above verse, with geometric carnation border. Flowers include morning glory, moss rose, sweet peas, and lily. Brown guidelines under cornucopia and flowers. Maker's age and date written in ink, probably added later. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: Cross, crosslet, herringbone. THREAD COUNT: warp 30, weft 28/in. Inscription: "The star of Bethlehem Brighter than the rising day When the sun of glory shines; Brighter than the diamond's ray Sparkling in Golonda's [sic] mines Beaming through the clouds of wo Smiles in Mercy's diadem On the guilty world below The Star that rose in Bethlehem Elizabeth Orme Novr 9th" written in ink after the inscription is "1833 Age 9" Background: Elizabeth was born about 1825 to Sarah and Thomas Orme in Washington, D.C. She married James Hizer on September 6, 1854, but by the 1860 census, she was widowed and living with her mother and sister Anna, who was also a widow. Elizabeth died in 1892 of tuberculosis. See her mother's (Sarah Kurtz) sampler. Anna's daughter Mary donated her grandmother's and aunt's samplers. Measurements: overall: 20 7/8 x 17 1/4 in.; 53.0225 x 43.815 cm Maker(s): maker: Orme, Elizabeth maker: Orme, Elizabeth Date Made: 1833 Place Made: District of Columbia, Georgetown
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