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                                                                             #6982                                                                                                      Mary Ann Rix Sampler              

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12 3/4 " x 16 3/4".    17 " x 21 " including a modern frame.   Mary Ann's stunning sampler is absolutely filled with unusual motifs and 19th century high fashion.  The lady with the hoop skirt and feathers in her hair is one of the most wonderful figures I have ever seen on a sampler.   Her skirt is gorgeous!  It is worked in chain stitch, stem stitch and satin stitch.  Wow!   The other smaller lady between the two buildings is also beautifully dressed and is wearing feathers in her hair as well.   Even the cherubs on either side of the verse are very well dressed.   There are also two little men riding what appear to be dogs.   I'm guessing that Mary Ann was more interested in fashion than she was in horses.   There are trees, rabbits, stags, birds and Adam & Eve standing under the tree of life.   In other words, this sam- pler has everything!
Her verse reads:                                                                  

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"The first fruits of my Labours As tis meet,
My God I humbly offer at thy feet.
But an offering so mean and poor,
Lord find admittance at thy Temple door.
Oh! Please my soul with wisdom to inspire
And Kindle in my Breast celestial fire.
So may my A,B,C, thy praise recite,
And eke my Needle may thy praises write.
Preserved from sloth the bane of all that's Fine,
May all my actions in thy praises Join."

She signed her sampler "Mary Ann Rix".                                                                                                 

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Mary Ann's wonderful sampler has been mounted on another piece of linen.  And because this piece of linen is almost exactly the same color as the original linen, most of the holes are very well camoflaged.  But there are quite a few holes.   The most noticable one is between the two chimneys on the brick house. But the holes do not disturb the stitching.   There is also a bit of bleeding in the bottom quarter of the sampler.                                                                                                                      $2595
                                       New Price    $2295

                                                                             #6966                                                                                                        Mary Main Sampler             
 

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12 " x 13 1/4 ".   16 1/4 " x 18 " including a Lovely 19th century maple frame. Mary's delightful sampler features the alphabets, numbers and dividing floral bands that we expect to see on a 19th century piece of needlework, but so much more. The wooded scene at the bottom of the sampler actually reminds me of a Disney forest. It is absolutely charming. There is a small fantasy-type castle complete with flags or banners blowing in the breeze. The castle is surrounded with wonderful trees and florals that almost seem to be protecting the castle.  The only thing missing from the scene is a princess strolling out the door with a basket of apples. Mary's sampler is truly a wonderful whimsical work of art.

 
                                          

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                                                                                             According to geneological records, Mary Main was born on September 5 in either 1793 or 1794 in the town of Ancroft, Durham, England. Her parents were Margory Johnston and Richard Main.  Although the sampler is English, it has a de- cidedly Scottish look to it. When I checked a map, I dis- covered that Ancroft is indeed very close to the Scottish border so Mary was definitely influenced by the needlework being done in Scotland at that time. She signed her sampler "Ancroft August 3, 1803 Mary Main".        l                         
                                                                                

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There are a few holes in Mary's charming sampler.  But it has been backed by another piece of linen so the holes are not obvious. Most of the holes are in the bottom border and signature areas. There are also a couple of holes in the alphabet area and just above the large pansy band near the middle.  But the colors are strong and there is very little thread loss. The sampler has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                             $2800
                                                                                                   New Price      $1865

                                                                             #6971                                                                                        Jane Davidson Family Register Sampler
                           Windham Township, Rockingham, New Hampshire                            

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16 " x 17 1/4".    18 1/2" x 19 3/4 " including possibly the ori- ginal gilt frame.  Jane's beautiful sampler is a stunning example of an American Family Register.  This group of samplers is fam- ous for their spectacular floral borders and Jane's sampler is certainly no exception.  She stitched two wonderful diamond patterned cornucopias filled with gorgeous florals growing up the sides and across the top of the piece.   And an absolutely won- derful addition is the lovely scene at the bottom of the sampler.  Perhaps one of those houses is the house that Jane grew up in.   Jane was born on December 7, 1808 in Windham Township, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.  Her sampler depicts the Family Register of Deacon William Davidson (1761- 1839), his wife Jane Barnet (1765-1832) and their 8 children.
  

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Her verse reads:

" The genealogy of Jane Davidson wrought 1821.
What nothing earthly gives, or can destroy
The soul's calm sunshine and the heart felt joy
Is virtues's prize."

We have an exceptional amount of provenance on this lovely sampler.   We also have a wonderful hand colored fraktur with all of the same names and dates as the sampler.   It measures 9 1/2" x 11 3/4" in its painted wood frame.   In addition we have five early 19th century handwritten letters or notes, three of which pertain to two of William's daugh- ters'qualifications to teach school at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire.
                                                                                                  

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There is some obvious staining along the left side of the sam- pler as well as a bit of darkening in the top right corner of the piece.   And there is some thread loss, primarily in the verse area.  The verse is not entirely legible, but I was able to read enough to identify the quote by Alexander Pope.  But there are no holes in the fabric and the colors of the silk are still vibrant.   The sampler has been backed with another piece of linen and mounted on acid-free board.

The fraktur also shows a bit of staining, but the colors are still lovely.  The names and dates have faded a bit but are defin- itely legible.   The fraktur has also been mounted on acid-free board.   This sampler comes with a notebook of family letters and notes.                                                                                                                   $5800
                                                                                               New Price         $4250

                                                                             #6764                                                                                                Martha Holmes Quaker Sampler              

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16 3/4 " x 16 3/4".    19 1/2 " x 19 1/2 " including a modern frame. Martha's elegant sampler is filled with motifs we have come to associate with pieces produced in Quaker schools.  The florals are very characteristic as are the three sets of two birds facing each other.   The lovely and elaborate floral border is fairly unusual for a a Quaker piece but I have no doubt that Martha attended a Quaker school.   Martha used several different stitches including cross, stem, satin and queen stitch.   

 

Her verse entitled "A Prayer" reads:  

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"Lord search and purify my heart
Make it clean in every part
And when tis clean O keep it so
For that is more than I can do".

She signed her sampler "Martha Holmes   1829".                                                                                                 

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There is some noticable deterioration of the fabric just outside the top border, but the rest of the fabric is in very good condition.  And the last line of the verse has some thread loss and is difficult to read   But there are no other thread losses and the sampler is in overall good condition.  It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                       $2250
                                                                                                 New Price       $1650

                                                                             #5366                                                                                                      Elizabeth Bogey Sampler               

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9 1/2 " x 12 1/2".   14 1/2 " x 17 1/2 " including a lovely19th century bird's eye maple frame.   Elizabeth's lovely sampler is filled with beautiful motifs worked in really pretty pastel shades of silk.   There are two multi-colored pillars topped with flower filled urns and an arch of delicate florals.   There are trees, birds and baskets of fruit.  The obvious overall appeal is both delicate and artistic.  I have had this lovely piece in my own collection for many years.  Her use of the lower case "f" instead of the letter "s" in her verse is typical of a sampler of this early date.
Her verse reads:  

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"O pleafing Solitude O bleft retreat
Choice of the prudent  envy of the great.
By the pure ftream or in thy moving shade
We court fair Wifdom that Celeftial maid:
The genuine offspring of its loved Embrace.
Strangers on Earth are Innocence and Peace.
Here from the ways of men laid fafe on shore:
We fmile to hear the diftant tempest roar:
Here bleft with health with bufinefs unperplexed
This life we relifh and infure the next."

She signed her sampler "Elizabeth Bogey   Aged 10   1804".                                                                                                 

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In spite of its beauty, there are some condition problems with this sampler.  The two side edges show a darkening that is probably caused by it having been glued down along the edges at some point.   It is now mounted on another piece of linen.   The bottom left corner is worn away and there are a few small holes, mostly in the verse area.   But the colors are vibrant and the silks are still showing a lovely sheen.  I have not taken this one out of the frame as I could see that it was mounted on linen.  The frame is showing a bit of wear.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $1465
                                                                                                       New Price          $1150

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