Connecticut house samplers worked by Olcott sisters
Anna, at age 9, in c1806, stitched a classic "house" sampler which includes various animal, tree, and flower motifs, a family record naming herself and siblings birth years, and a verse, and inscription: Let Virtue guide and God provide Anna H Olcott Her work aged 9 Y. Centered at the bottom is a red roof two-story center-hall house on a green lawn. Silk thread on linen; 15 ¾" x 10 ¾". The pine with mahogany veneer frame is most likely original.
Cynthia, at age 10, in 1809, stitched a small marking band sampler with alphabets, numerals, and an inscription: Cynthia Olcott 1809. Silk thread on linen; 5" x 7 ½".
Cynthia, at age 11, in c1810, stitched a classic "house" sampler similar to her older sister's. It
includes a family record naming herself and her siblings birth dates and it is inscribed: Cynthia Olcott.s aged
11 years. Cynthia's sampler has a four-sided sawtooth border and it depicts the same red roof center hall house,
as her sisters, on a green lawn along with various tree and flowering motifs. Silk and linen thread on linen; 16"
x 13 ½". Both of Cynthia's samplers are framed in new burled walnut veneer frames.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER