Nancy C. Reamer Sampler
McConnellsburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania
17 1/2" x 17 1/2" or 20 1/2" x 20 1/2 " including a dark wood period frame. Nancy's lovely needlework is an excellent ex- ample of a school girl sampler in that she she uses at least five
different stitches in her piece. She used cross stitch, algerian eyelet stitch, 4 sided stitch, and queen stitch as well as cross stitch over one thread. The different stitches give her sampler a
good amount of depth and appeal.
She worked three different alphabets, numbers, and florals as well as a basket of fruit and a bird in a very balanced and attractive sampler. She added a delicate strawberry border on
the top and bottom of her piece, with a larger undulating border along the sides.
She signed her piece " Nancy C. Reamer's Sampler
Worked in the Twelfth year of her age McConnellsburg Bedford County, Pennsylvania April 2 d A D 1835 ".
We found her parents, Christian Reamer and Sarah Camp- bell Reamer in Bedford County and we found her husband Samuel Lyon Russell in Bedford County as well. Bedford
County is now called Fulton County. Nancy's middle name was Campbell, the same as her mother. So it looks as if she was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania and spent her
entire life there. Pennsylvania samplers are fairly difficult to acquire so it is quite nice to be able to offer this lovely piece.
The condition of Nancy's needlework is very good with no holes in the fabric. The colors still pop and there are no losses to the threads. The areas of queen stitch are beautiful
because they still show a lovely sheen to the silks. The only condition issue that I see are the two stains in the alphabet area along the right side. It is framed on acid-free board.