Sarah Belwood Sampler
14 1/4 " x 17 ". 16" x 19 " including a 19th century gilt frame with old wavy glass. Sarah's beautiful sampler is absolutely filled with sampler motif after
sampler motif, pretty much everything you could want on an antique sampler. There are dividing bands, an alphabet, a verse, and an elegant carnation border. There are trees, peacocks, birds, dogs, baskets of
fruit, squirells, florals, Adam & Eve with the tree of life, and even two little geese. Sarah's workmanship is excellent, the design is lovely, and the stitches are tiny.
Sarah was born on January 1, 1788 in Helmsley, York, England. Her father was Robert Belwood.
Her verse reads:
"By this you see what
Care my parents took of me
This working hand my friends
Shall have when I ham dead
And laid in my grave".
Yes she really did say "...when I ham dead...".
Her sampler is dated 1803.
The sampler is a bit darkened in the center, parti- cularly in the verse area, but there are no other
issues with the condition of the piece. There is no bleeding and no thread loss. The colors are quite vibrant and the silks are still showing a lovely sheen. There is a fair amount of loss to the bead-
ing on the gilt frame but it is otherwise strong. It has been mounted on acid-free board.