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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Connecticut house samplers worked by Olcott sisters

Sisters Samplers
Anna and Cynthia Olcott
Miss Mary Hart's School Farmington,
Hartford County, CT c.1806 & 1810

Anna Olcott sampler from Huber

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 Olcott marking sampler from Huber

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 Olcott sampler from huber

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.

Family record as stitched on Cynthia's sampler:
Charles Olcott Born April3, 179
Sidney Olcotto Born March 9, 7195
Ann H Olcott Born April 26, 1797
Cynthia Olcott Born August 4, 1799
Walter Olcott Born Sept 6, 1802

These samplers, are said to have come out of an estate of a descendant in Manchester, Connecticut. On the back of Anna's is an old, early typewritten note that states: "This sampler gives the names of the children of Allen and Cynthia. It was made, as you see, by one of them. Little Ann Hooker Olcott, at ten when she cross-stitched the sampler was a pupil at the boarding school of Miss Mary Hart at Farmington which preceded the famous Miss Porters'.


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