Christian Herd Sampler
9" x 12 1/2" or 12 1/2" x 16 " including a period maple frame. Christian's charming sampler features many of the motifs we have come to expect on Scottish needlework. There are
crowns with family initials above them, a peacock with seven feathers in his tail, and trees made up of diamond shapes. But the most recognizably Scottish motif is the large pansy in the
center of her sampler. She also stitched baskets of fruit, dogs, birds and lots of florals as well as an undulating floral border.
She signed her sampler, "Christian Herd Aged 9 Bety Bennet RB". I am guessing that Bety Bennet was her teacher.
We found Chritian in Scottish Birth records. She was christened on September 4, 1796 in Elie, Fife, Scotland.
Her father's name was William Herd and her mother's
name was Helen Dowie.
She also included several sets of family initials and she dated her sampler 1805. The initials included her parents' "WH and HD" as well as "WH, CS, KD, IH, BD " and the single
initial " L".
The condition of Christian's lovely sampler is quite good. The only deterioration of the fabric is in the bottom right corner and a little bit on the right edge of the fabric.
Otherwise, the colors are still strong and there is only minor thread loss in the bottom right corner. It is framed on acid-free board. The frame is showing a bit of wear on the