Overall: 16 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. ( 41.3 x 46.4 cm )
Horizontal rectangular linen sampler (incomplete) with various colors silk floss; rows of alphabets across the top half separated by stitching; proverb across center; image of house at bottom with an alphabet left, indecipherable text right (stitched in same color as linen); surrounded by vine and flower design; stitched in cross stitch.
Gift of Miss Ella J. Sherwood
embroidered: center, pink floss: "Mary H. Ogden age"
Eleven-year-old Mary Ogden (Mrs. John Mead Sherwood, 1817-1879) carefully laid out and stitched her alphabets, name, date, and house, but appears to have inserted the additional text in a hasty and haphazard rush to completion. Mary included the proverb, "Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."
Mary Haines Ogden (Mrs. John Mead Sherwood, 1817-1879) ; to her daughter, Ella Julietta Sherwood (b. 1857), the donor.
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