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                                                                             #7009                                                                                                  Quaker Motif 'Primer' Sampler               

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12 1/2 " x 12 1/2".    15 " x 15 " including its original frame. While this lovely sampler is not signed or dated, I believe it to be circa 1790 - 1810. It is actually fairly  rare to see a Quaker sampler with so many different motifs. I counted twenty-nine different ones, many of them used multiple times.  And every one of these lovely motifs is characteristic of Quaker samplers. One of the most charming perhaps, is the swan under a tree or branch that appears four times on this piece of needlework.  It is surrounded by an elegant double sawtooth border on the sides and a sweet floral border at the top and bottom.    
                                          

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One reason that I think this is a wonderful and special sampler is that it was very probably stitched by a teacher in a Quaker school. It was likely meant to be a 'primer' or reference for her students as they learned to stitch the motifs. The multi-windowed building near the bottom is probably a representation of her school.  How lovely to have an actual example of the history of young girls learning needlework.
                                        

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The colors of the silks are still vibrant and there are no losses to the threads. There are several tiny holes throughout the background fabric, but since the sampler has been mounted on a similar colored piece of linen, they are very difficult to see. Overall, I believe the sampler is in very good condition.  It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                            $1925

                                                                         #7010                                                              Ann Brough Sampler
    

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15 1/2" x 16 1/2".   20 1/2" x 21 1/2 " including a lovely inlaid modern frame.  Ann was christened on January 4, 1829 in Nottingham, England. Her parents were John Brough and Esther James.   Sadly, Ann died at the tender age of eleven, just one year after she finished her beautiful sampler. 

 Her sampler is filled with wonderful motifs including florals, birds, dogs, peacocks, windmills, trees, baskets of fruit, and a beautiful eagle (or possibly a griffin).   The bottom of her lovely sampler shows a a gated estate labeled "Nottingham".    She surrounds her sampler with a strawberry border.   

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Her verse reads:                                                                 " God is our refuge and strength
a very Present Help in Trouble".
She signed her sampler with the words  " Done by Ann Brough   Aged 10 in the Year of our Lord  1839".
It is, of course, very poignant to know that she died so soon after completing her sampler. 

    

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There are several holes in Ann's sampler, although most of them are fairly small.  The largest one is in the upper right corner of the sampler.   Other holes are located under the word "Lord", the upper left corner and near the bottom left windmill.  There is also some staining mostly on the left side of the sampler.   But the silks are vibrant and the sampler has been conservation framed on acid-free ragboard.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $1875   

                                                                             #7007                                                                                                    Christian Sinclair Sampler               

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15 " x 18 1/2".    20 1/2 " x 25 " including a lovely period frame.   Christian stitched a delicate and beautiful filligree alpha- bet that is very characteristic of Scottish needlework.  In fact, almost everything on this striking sampler is very Scottish. From the wide pansy band, to the seven tailed peacocks to the row of Scottish trees that line the bottom of the sampler, she (or possibly he) is telling us that she was a Scot.  Because she did not give us a date, it is difficult to identify where in Scotland she was born.  But I believe the sampler to be circa 1760-1765.  There are dogs, birds, trees, fruit baskets and florals scattered throughout her vibrant piece.  But, perhaps most notable motif is the striking building in the center of the sampler.       
                                          

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Christian's sampler is very similar to two examples pictured in Margaret Swain's book entitled "Scottish Embroidery Medieval To Modern". Please see Color Figure VIII for the Margaret Boog sampler, stitched in 1761, and figure 86, for the Janet Learmonth sampler stitched in 1765.  You see a varieation of the same building on both of these samplers, so they were all most likely done in the same school.  Unfor- tunately, we don't know the name or location of the school.

                                      

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Christian's sampler is very beautiful and quite vibrant. But there are some issues with its condition.  It appears that the sampler has at one time been framed with its border folded under. As a result of that, there is significant wear to the border area. The top and right borders are fine, but the left and bottom borders are showing some losses.  And there is a medium sized hole just under the large letter "M". It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $2650

                                                                                               #6993                                                                                                      Quaker Medallion Sampler              

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19 1/2 " x 14 1/2".    22 1/2 " x 17 1/2 " including a 19th century maple frame. Because they are so desire- able, these wonderful quaker medallion pieces have become very, very rare.  I haven't had one available in quite a while. It features the characteristic half octagons around the outer edges of the sampler that are so recog- nizably quaker.  There is such charm in these motifs.  They have always reminded me of the designs seen on quilts or woven coverlets. I think of these wonderful medallion samplers as a sort of a cross between a quilt, a coverlet and a sampler.  This one is dated 1798.                                                

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Within the octagons we find many of the floral motifs also typically seen on quaker samplers. And there are many sets of initials. So many sets in fact that it is difficult to determine which initials belong to our sampler maker.  My guess is that the " MH" surrounding the floral in the center octagon were probably our needlewoman's.

                                                                                                  

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There is a fair amount of thread loss throughout the piece, but the sampler is otherwise in good condition.  There are no holes in the fabric, no bleeding and the colors are still vibrant. It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                  $3295

                                                                             #6991                                                                                                      Hannah Dew Sampler              

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21 " x 16 1/2".    26 1/4 " x 21 1/2 " including a 19th century bird's eye maple frame.  There are so many wonderful things in Hannah's beautiful sampler that it's difficult to know where to begin. She stitched a lovely house with a family strolling in the garden with their dog and some deer. They are of course, in period costume.  It's a lovely garden with lots of trees and flowers surrounded by a pretty fence.  Interestingly, she also stitched her rendition of Adam & Eve and the Tree of Life standing inside the garden fence.  It is common to see Adam & Eve on samplers, but not standing in a garden with other people! Also of note is her beautiful border.  The top border is quite elaborate while the other three sides are fairly simple.    

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Hannah's verse reads:

" Since I'm a stranger here below
Let not thy path be hid
But mark the road my feet should go
And be my constant guide"

" Hannah Dew Finished this Work February the 19  1834  Aged 14 years". Hannah was christened on July 30, 1820 in Suffolk, England. 
      

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There is a noticable water stain and a bit of bleeding running down the right side of the sampler.  And though the colors are still vibrant, there are some thread losses. There are also three small holes and two larger holes in the fabric.  The biggest hole is just to the right of "Aged 14 years", and the second largest hole is between the first and second word of the last line of her verse.  In spite of its condition problems this sampler is quite impressive and very beautiful. It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $1650

                                                                             #6873                                                                                                    Emily Bradbury Sampler            
 

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                                                              Montgomery County, Ohio
        

19 1/2 " x 18 3/4".    22 1/2 " x 21 " including the original wood frame with old wavy glass. Emily's stunning sampler features something we seldom see on a sampler.  There is a gorgeous and very realistic eagle underneath the words "E Pluribus Unum". The eagle sits on top of what was once a compass with the letters N.S.E. & W. still visable. Sadly, the compass has faded away.  The words "Death great proprietor of all..." are also still visable.  These are surrounded by baskets of flowers, two houses, a monument, trees including a lovely willow tree, and a dog lying nearby.  And of course the floral border is absolutely gorgeous.

Her magnifiscent sampler is a memorial for her older sister,          

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Elizabeth. The date stitched on the monument is Nov. 23, 1825 which matches up with the 1825 death date we found for Elizabeth in the geneological records that we searched.  Emily signed and dated her sampler December 24, 1825, just one month after the date of her sister's death. Emily would have been 15 years old at the time.

In addition to being an absolutely beautiful sampler, this piece is quite rare. Ohio samplers have become very desireable and extremely difficult to find.  The eagle makes it even more special. Emily was one of eight children of Jacob Bradbury and Mary Hutchinson. All eight children were born in Montgomery County, Ohio.
                                                                                

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There are some thread losses in Emily's stunning sampler.  Most notably in the area just uner the eagle.  The compass is now missing as are some of the words to the right of that, and there is a bit of thread loss in the border area.  The two small houses also show some thread loss. There is one hole in the center of the sampler and a bit of damage along the bottom edge of the fabric. But in spite of the thread losses, Emily's sampler has a wonderful visual impact and her beautifully realistic needlework would be a very special addition to any collection. The sampler has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $3650                      

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