Family sampler from the Howe's, a prominent 19th century Plymouth, Massachusetts family. It contains floral bouquets in the corners around strawberry border with a green saw-tooth edge. Lucy stitched her sampler in different sections, allowing room for more information as it was needed. The column entitled Deaths lists Marcus J. Howe with a notation. The sampler is signed by Lucy in 1837 - she would have been 9 when she worked this piece.
Size (W x H): 18 x 18 3/4 inches
Stitches: Cross, eyelet
Media: Silk on coarse linen
Along the top:
Marcus Howe & Deborah Josselyn Married Aug 24 A.D. 1813
Joseph J. Howe Born May 13 A.D. 1814
Marcus J. Howe Born Nov. 27 A.D. 1818
Napoleon B. Howe Born June 27 A.D. 1821
Lucy H. Howe Born May 14 A.D. 1828
Francis M. Howe Born Feb. 4, A.D. 1833
Marcus J. Howe Lost at sea March
5th A.D. 1836, Aged 17 yrs
He sleeps beneath the Atlantic's rolling waves,
Where no sea-tossed mariner can point you to his grave.
Perhaps some coral monument may rear its spangled head.
Out do all that art could do and guard the silent dead.
Signature: LUCY H HOWE Aged 9 A.D. 1837