11 1/4" x 8". 16 " x 12 1/2" including a modern frame. This extremely unusual miniature sampler is very charming and quite lovely. Although the center of
the sampler is filled with a series of initials, (either that or a series of letters that do not have an obvious meaning), our stitcher did not sign her name to the piece.
She started her sampler with three compartment- alized alphabets across the top. She followed that with an assortment of spot motifs including a crown,
an altar, a church, and several small animals includ- ing a very unusual bird. But, the true beauty of this sampler is in the wonderful surrounding floral border. It surrounds the motifs as well as the
cartouche in the center, giving the entire sampler a light, airy appearance. The sampler is dated 1810
in the center of the altar.
Sadly, there are some problems to the condition of this sweet sampler. There are several holes in the ground fabric. The worst of these is, of course, in
the center of the piece. If you click on the enlarged pictures, the holes are visible. But, there are no losses to the silk (other than in the center) and the
colors are still vibrant. There is no staining. The sampler has been mounted on acid free board.