Patience Phillips Sampler
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:
" 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"
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.