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#5251

Diana Mary Cruse Sampler - 12" X 13 1/2".  15 1/2" X 16 1/2" including new frame.  This lovely motif sampler is stitched with silk, and it is filled with lots of wonderful and traditional sampler motifs.  There is a fruit basket, birds,

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and many beautiful floral motifs as well as an elaborate floral border.  The verse reads " Jesus permit thy sacred Name to stand, As the frist efforts, of a Youthful hand. And as Her Fingers, o'er the Canvass move, Engage her tender thoughts, to seek Thy love  With thy dear children, let Her have a part,  And write thy Name, thyself upon her heart. " I think she was very

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creative with her punctuation. It is signed " Diana Mary Cruse  February 18th, 1849" There is an overall darkening around the verse area, a small amount of thread loss and a few barely noticeable holes near the large pot of flowers in the bottom left. There is a hole in the border in the top left corner and some wear to the top fabric edge. But the only damage that is noticeable is the darkening of the verse. The sampler has been mounted on acid-free board.              $1,135.00

 #6213 - Map Sampler

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19 1/2" x 22 ".    12 1/2" x 262 " including old gilded frame (probably the origianl).   This beautiful map sampler shows a detailed rendition of England as well as the edges of Scot- land and Ireland.  It features a stunning floral border and a depiction of Britannia seated next to a cornucopia.  The workmanship on the border and on Britannia is wonderful, as are the colors and the sheen of the silks.  Also depicted are " The Irish Sea, St. George's Channel, the English Channel, the Straits of Dover and the German Ocean".          

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is stitched with silk on silk, and as silk is not the most durable of fabrics, there is a fair amount of damage to the fabric.  Most of the damage is around the perimeter of the sampler, but there are     four noticable damaged areas in the body of the sampler.                                                           These are clearly visable in the pictures.                          

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There are also two stains on the sampler - one in the upper right border area and the other just be- neath Britannia.   I believe the sampler to be circa 1840.  This is a very nice map sampler at a very affordable price.                                                                                                                                                                                      $850.00       

     #5612 - Peggy Miller & Jacobin Miller Samplers

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21"  x 8" & 21 1/2" x 8".    22 1/2" x 9 1/2" & 23 1/4" x 9 1/2" including

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old wood frames.   This is a set of two samplers worked by siblings or close family members.  The sampler on the left is signed by Peggy Miller and is dated November 2 (unfortunately, the year is unreadable).   The sampler on the right is signed by Jacobin (or possibly Jacobina?) Miller and is dated April 2,1769.   Both of the samplers are Scottish in origin and are both very similar in design.    

Peggy's sampler includes a forrest scene of trees and rabbits as well as six queen stitched flowers. Jacobin's sampler includes a very similar forrest scene as well as several queen stitched motifs.   Both samplers also feature lots of beautiful alphabets including a large one with double running stitch filigrees.   The dividing bands between the letters are worked in several different stitches. 

The samplers are showing some thread loss, but there are no holes in the fabric

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of either of the samplers.   The cotton-like fibers are still quite bright.  There is an overall darkening to the fabric, but no noticible staining.  Either sampler by itself is priced at    $1595.00 or both samplers together for the price of                                                                                   $2950.00

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  #6419                         

Margaret Lavinia MacIntyre Miniature Sampler - 11 1/4" x 8 1/2".   13 3/4" x 11" including modern frame. This sweet little sampler features a house sitting under the shade of a tree (actually, it looks more like a giant leaf than a tree), and a lady with her dog outside the house.  There are also birds, baskets of fruit and a surrounding strawberry border.  The sampler is not signed, but there was a note written on the back that reads,  "Sampler made by Margaret Lavinia MacIntyre   Fred's grandmother".  The sampler is circa 1870.      

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The condition of the sampler is good.  There are only two very small holes in the fabric and there is some thread loss.  In the top center of the sampler there were two facing birds as well as a flock of smaller birds that has faded away.   The right basket of fruit has faded a bit as well.   The sampler has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                       $645.00

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#5474

Elizabeth Mansergh Sampler - 17 1/2" X 17 1/2".  19" X 19" including vintage frame. Stitched in silk threads, this sampler features a lovely stately house, a large praying lady kneeling on a cushion, cherubs, a realistic rose and lovely trees (perhaps willow

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trees). The verse reads "Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand,  As the first effort of an infants hand. And while her fingers oer the canvass move Engage her tender heart to seek thy love. With thy dear children may she have a part,  And write thy Name thy self

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upon her heart."   It is signed  " Elizabeth Mansergh Her Work aged 9 Years  1829." There is significant staining in the area of the house and signature, but otherwise it is in excellent condition. There are two very small holes under the house which are barely noticeable. The colors of the silk are still vibrant.   $1,250.00

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11 1/4" x 12 ".    15 3/4" x 16 1/2 " including a stunning original bird's eye maple frame.  This lovely bouquet of flowers is stitched with silk on silk.  It is circa 1830.  The incredibly delicate flowers are gathered with a ribbon bow and surrounded with an undulating vine of more flowers.   The workmanship is exquisite and the shading is lovely.      

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The maple frame is probably the most beautiful 19th century frame I have ever seen.  The corner details are wonderful and its condition is quite good with only a few scratches to the finish.                                                                                                                                                               

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As with most needlework that is stitched on silk, the fabric is showing some wear.   The most noticable areas are the top left and the bottom right corners of the fabric.   There are a few small holes in the center area, but these are not very noticeable.  In spite of the damage to the silk, this is still a lovely example of fine needlework.                                                                                                                                                                                                     $795.00

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