#6090 - Scottish Band Sampler
71/2 " x 16 1/2". 9 1/4" x 18 1/4 " including modern frame. While this sweet band sampler is not signed or dated, I believe it to be circa 1870. There are three sets of
initials including "WF, MF & AF". Even though the sampler is fairly simple in design,
it was stitched with several different stitches. There is cross stitch over 1 & 2 threads, four-sided stitch, algerian eye stitch, rice stitch and back stitch.
So, this sampler is fairly elaborate for a modest piece.
It also has an absolutely lovely verse - definitely one of my favorites. It reads " Teach me to feel
another's woe To hide the fault I see That mercy I to others show That mercy show to me". What a wonderful sentiment.
The biggest problem to the condition is that there is a cut across the center of the sampler. You can see it running through the "T U V" of the
largest alphabet. It is visible in the second picture. It runs across several inches. There is also a bit of thread loss, mostly at the top in the first
alphabet. But there are no other holes in the fabric and it looks to be quite strong.