American (Connecticut), 1827. A silk on linen sampler with three alphabets within a large central diamond, signed at top Wrought by Mariah Bowen 1827, each side of the diamond is flanked by a verse, and the sampler also includes the name of the maker's younger sister, Amelia Bowen, and the initials of her parents, George and Lydia (Wolcott) Bowen, and at the bottom, the verse and maker's initials Be virtuous and be happy M.B., framed; 16.5 x 17.75 in. (sight), 20.75 x 19.5 in. (frame).
Mariah Bowen was born in Woodstock, Connecticut on October 21, 1817 and had three siblings: Henry, Edward, and Amelia. Records show that she married Erastus Dickinson on October 14, 1835, had no children, and died February 25, 1850.
Provenance:Purchased from Latcham House Antiques, Waterville, Ohio, September 2, 2011. Property from the Americana Collections of Kenneth and Barbara Gruver, Germantown, OH
Some of the thread colors are faded, very faint.
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