Jannet Ogilve Sampler
Her verse reads:
"Remember thy creator in the days of thy youth"
8 3/4 x 16 1/2". 11 1/4" x 18 3/4" including a modern frame. This is a very early English band sampler dated June 1763. Actually, many of the
motifs are more typical to the 17th century rather than the 18th. The first band of double running stitch includes four wonderful "boxers". Jannet followed this lovely delicate band with an
alphabet, bands of decorative stitching including queen stitched strawberries, and several different religious aphorisms. Due to thread loss, some of them are a little difficult to read. But, I will
attempt to give you as many of the words as I can decifer.
"Immortal made what should _____
______ as immortal ______
beings for a heaven designed what but a heaven the care should be"
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom"
The first part of the last one is missing, but as it is a well known quote from Proverbs 12:4, I can give you the entire quote. It reads: "A virtuous woman is a crown to her
husband but she that maketh ashamed is as rotteness in his bones" The first word that is
visible on the piece is "maketh".
There are some condition problems with Jannet's sampler. As mentioned above, there is a fair amount of thread loss, although it is only in the verse areas. There are holes in the alphabet area and
also the main verse area which are visible in the pictures. There are a few very small stains, but they are not very noticable. In spite of these problems,
this is still a wonderful, very early piece of needle- work history. The sampler has been mounted on
acid-free board. $1265.00