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 #7017
 Jane Skinner Sampler

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17" x 17 1/2 ".    21" x 21 1/2 " including an old painted wood frame.  Jane's lovely sampler has many of the things that we look for in a wonderful Scottish house sampler. She stitched a beautiful house with four multi-paned (32 panes each!) windows. The house has two chimneys and an arched door with eight more tiny window panes at the top. The front garden features birds, dogs and rabbits and is surrounded with an apple tree and a pine tree. 

As is typical with Scottish samplers, she stitched many of her family' member's initials including CM, AM, JMS, MS, CS, and her parents initials, PAS, CS and TS (probably a mother and a step-mother.

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We were able to find the record of Jane's christening. She was christened on Sept. 9, 1841 at St. Nicholas Parish, in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Her father's name was Peter Skinner.

She signed her sampler " Jane B. Skinner  Aberdeen 1850 MS".                                                                                          
                                                

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Jane's sampler does have a bit of thread loss, mostly in the alphabet area and in the garden fence area.  But there are no holes in the fabric and the colors of the sampler are still vibrant. The sampler has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                               $2095      

     #6331
 Patience Phillips Sampler

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15 3/4"  x 17".    17 1/2" x 18 3/4 " including modern frame.   Patience filled her lovely needlework with everything we expect to see in a 19th century sampler.   There are florals, trees, baskets of fruit, stags, Adam & Eve standing under the tree of life, wonderful birds, a verse and a charming carnation border.   There are even a couple of cute little squirrels standing next to Adam & Eve, and the two urns in the bottom corners are especial- ly lovely.   She paid a lot of attention to detail, as her sampler is perfectly balanced and symmetrical. She signed her sampler, " Performed at Bath Cottage Semi- nary,  by Patience Phillips in the year  1861."  We found  Patience in the 1861 census living in Kington, Hereford- shire, England with her parents, Richard and Sarah.
Her verse reads:                                                                                                                        

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" Pleasures of Religion                                              Tis Religion that can give                                             Sweetest pleasures while we live                               Tis religion must supply                                             Solid comfort when we die                                                                                                                              After death Its joys will be                                         Lasting as eternity                                                        Be the living God my friend                                          Then my bless shall never end"                                                                                                                                  

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The condition is good except for two problems:   there is a fair amount of thread loss throughout the sampler, and the fabric has darkened over the years.  Most of the thread loss is in the garland above the verse, the tree of life at the bottom, and the border. There is one small hole below the urn in the right bottom corner and two more on the left bottom outer edge of the fabric.  The holes are almost unnoticeable.                                                                                                 $475

                                                                             #7013                                                                                                        Perpetual Calender            
 

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15 1/2 " x 19 ".   18 " x 22 1/4 " including a modern frame.  I have truly never seen anything like this clever perpetual calender. The twelve months of the year are stitched on approximately 3 inch diameter circle discs, which of course can be switched around as the months pass. The days of the week are there as well as the year.  Sixteen more numbers and four more blank squares are attached to the back of the piece. The calender is edged in lace.

 
                                          

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                                                                                                       Surprisingly, the discs are attached with glue rather than tacked on with stitches. I would have expected them to be stitched on. Because of the extra numbers attached to the back of the piece, it has been framed with glass on both sides of the calender. I would estimate this calender to be late 19th century or early 20th century. The current year attached to the calender is 1866, but I doubt that it is quite that old.  The stitching is not hand work.                            

                                                                                

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The condition of this unusual piece is very good.  It appears that all of the moving pieces are still there and the calender is showing no losses that I can see.  There are a couple of small stains, but nothing that detracts very much from the look of the piece. I cannot see any sign that the gluing has caused any deterioration. While this calender is not very old, it is quite charming and very, very unique.                                                                                                      $675

 #7014
 Charlotte Sharp Sampler

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13 " x 17 1/4 ".   12" x 13 1/4 " including a modern frame.   Charlotte's motif sampler begins with an upper case alphabet separated by several lovely decorative dividing bands. There is a geometric zig-zag band, an acorn band and a trefoil band, followed by a sweet little band of carnations. Next, she signed her name and then filled the bottom half of her sampler with several fairly typical sampler motifs.    There are pots of flowers, birds, crowns and a regal looking lion.  This is all surrounded by an elegant wave pattern border.

 

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                                                                               I imagine that Charlotte was an excellent student. There is not a stitch missing or a single motif that is not balanced by a similar motif on the other side. Charlotte did not drag her threads across the back of the fabric or even run out of any of her colors.  Everything is perfectly balanced.  I find her sampler to be simply charming, which would explain why it has been hanging on my own wall for a number of years. There is just something about this sampler that is very appealing.  But I need more space on my sampler wall, so Charlotte has to go.                                                                                      
                                                

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The condition of Charlotte's piece can only be called sharp (pun intended). There is one hole in the fabric near the lion's feet. And there are two very minor little stains in the bottom right corner area.  But I'm actually being very picky in even mentioning them. Simply put, the sampler is in very good condition. It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                   $1245      

 #7032
 Susanah Cockcroft Sampler

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12 1/2 " x 12 1/4 ".   16" x 15 1/2 " including a 19th century bird's eye maple frame.  Susanah's beautiful sampler features an impressive mansion with a lovely front garden, along with a charming picture of the lady of the house feeding the birds.  The fence bordering the garden appears to be a picket fence. There are cherubs and florals and trees as well as a lovely carnation border.  The mansion is reminiscent of the buildings we see on so many of the beautiful Scottish house samplers.  So, even though we believe Susanah to be English, her needlework shows a definite Scottish influence.

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Susanah was born on July 12, 1802 in Heptonstall, York, England. She was christened on November 11, 1802.  So, she would have been only nine years old when she stitched her lovely sampler.  Her parents were John and Susannah Cockcroft.  York is fairly far north in England, so that might explain the Scottish influence in her sampler.

                                                                                    
                                                

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There are some problems with the condition of Susanah's sampler.   There are some holes in the fabric, the most noticable of which is next to the signature. Other holes are in the fence area and the top and bottom edges of the fabric (outside the stitching area).   There are two stains just under the top border and there is also some bleeding in the bottom border area.  The fabric does have some overall darkening.  It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $1195      

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