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                                                                             #8097                                                                                                      Christian Herd Sampler              

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9" x 12 1/2" or 12 1/2" x 16 " including a period maple frame. Christian's charming sampler features many of the motifs we have come to expect on Scottish needlework.  There are crowns with family initials above them, a peacock with seven feathers in his tail, and trees made up of diamond shapes. But the most recognizably Scottish motif is the large pansy in the center of her sampler. She also stitched baskets of fruit, dogs, birds and lots of florals as well as an undulating floral border. 

She signed her sampler,  "Christian Herd Aged 9 Bety Bennet  RB". I am guessing that Bety Bennet was her teacher. 

 

 

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We found Chritian in Scottish Birth records. She was christened on September 4, 1796 in Elie, Fife, Scotland.
Her father's name was William Herd and her mother's
name was Helen Dowie. 

She also included several sets of family initials and she dated her sampler 1805.  The initials included her parents' "WH and HD" as well as "WH, CS, KD, IH, BD " and the single initial " L".                                                                                 

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The condition of Christian's lovely sampler is quite good. The only deterioration of the fabric is in the bottom right corner and a little bit on the right edge of the fabric. Otherwise, the colors are still strong and there is only minor thread loss in the bottom right corner.  It is framed on acid-free board. The frame is showing a bit of wear on the edges.                                                                                                                                     SOLD

                                                                             #8101                                                                                                      Elizabeth Clark Sampler               

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21 1/2" x 23 1/2" or 27 1/2" x 30 " including a 19 century dark wood frame.  Elizabeth's delicate sampler is so full of  wonder- ful motifs that I don't know where to begin to describe it.  There are two different well dressed ladies with feathers in their hats along with two distinguished gentlemen.  There are butterflys and cherubs, and charmingly whimsical florals. There are dogs and birds and verses and one of the most unusual borders I have ever seen.  Her lovely needlework has a decidedly feminine look to it. It is simply beautiful.

 

Her verses read:

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"Give your heart to your Creator Honor to your Parents
Reverance to your Superiors  your bosum to your friend
Dilligence to your calling ear to good council
and alms to the poor".
 
 "Shepherds rejoice  lift up Your eyes
and send your fears away News from the regions of the sky Salvation's born today

Jesus the god whom angels fear
Comes down to dwell with you
Today he makes his entrance hear
But not as monarchs do".                                                                                

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Elizabeth's sampler is so very pretty. But it is not in good condition. There is a slice in the fabric that runs under the first verse from one cherub to the other.  There are also two large holes in the fabric in the center of the next two verses.  Because it is framed well with a like-colored acid-free mat beneath the sampler the two large holes are not terribly obvious. You will know they are there, but they are not really bothersome. This is still a lovely sampler.                                                                                                                                                                          $950

                                                                             #8098                                                                                                      Ann Williams Sampler              

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12" x 21" or 16 1/2" x 21 1/4 " including a gorgeous period bird's eye maple frame with a gilt liner.  Ann's fantastic sampler features a very realistic rendition of Adam and Eve in the Gar- den of Eden. The apple tree is very stylized and of course, the serpent is coiled around the trunk of the tree.  Under the tree there is an almost lacy looking carnation band.  It's actually quite lovely. 

She added the usual birds, baskets of fruit, trees, florals and a stag, but a really beautiful element of her sampler is the border. It's actually a triple border. The inner satin stitch border is made up of alternating square shapes.  Next she added an arcaded floral border followed by a sawtooth satin stich border on the outside edge. It really frames her sampler and gives it an elegant appearance.     

 

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Ann's verse reads:

"Why should I say tis yet too soon
To seek for heaven or think of death
A flower may fade before 'tis noon
And I this day may lose my breath"

She signed her sampler "Ann Williams work
in the 15th year of her age and the year of
our Lord   1837".

                                                                                  

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The condition of Ann's needlework is good with only a few small holes in the fabric. There are also two medium size holes, both in the bottom border area. There is also an overall darkening to the fabric, but there are no losses to the silks and the colors are still strong. The sampler has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                              $1645

                                                                             #8112                                                                                                      Anne Koch Sampler               

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15 1/2" x 16" or 20" x 20 1/4 " including a modern burled frame. Anne's sampler features two different houses.  At the top she stitched an elegant country estate, with a fenced garden filled with trees and lovely florals.  At the bottom of her sampler she stitched a two story brick house in the middle of a forrest, a much more modest dwelling. The first house was possibly meant to be her school while the other one was her home. Then she surrounded her pretty sampler with a beautiful undulating floral border.

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Her verses read:
 

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" Tell me ye knowing and discerning few
Where I may find a friend both firm and true,
Who dares stand by me when in deep distress
And then his love and friendship most express".

"Much as possible live peaceably with all men".

Sadly, the signature area is quite faded and difficult to read.  Sometimes when threads have faded, you can still read the shadows of the words.  What I could read of the shadows is "Anne Koch finished this work April 15th 1845". I was unable to read the rest of the second line, which included her age.

                                                                                

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As mentioned, there is a fair amount of fading in the signature area of Anne's sampler.  And of course, there is some darkening of the fabric in that area as well.  But otherwise most of the stitching is still there and the colors are strong.  The bottom center border area has a vertical cut in the fabric. The outer edges of the fabric are fairly ragged, but that is mostly covered by the framing. The sampler has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                $695

                                                                             #8096                                                                                                      Scottish Embroidery               

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27" x 19 3/4" or 30" x 23 " including a vintage painted frame. This embroidery is absolutely stunning!  The artistic detail on the leaded glass windows and the castle walls are truly spectacular. The trees on the left are made up entirely of tiny knots and they are wonderfully realistic. The drapery with the gold tassel is extremely impressive and these are just the details about the background of the embroidery!  To say this piece is beautiful simply does not do it justice.  

 

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I believe this depicts a Scottish clan laird swearing fealty to Mary Queen of Scots. The kneeling lord wearing the kilt is showing his tartan colors in great detail including his wonder- ful tartan knee socks. Mary is wearing a gorgeous tartan cloak. The remaining courtiers are dressed in stunning period clothing including furs and feathers in their hats.  This is a magnifiscent piece of needlework history.   
 

                                                                              

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This embroidery is done with silk on silk fabric.  As we know, silk fabric is fragile.  There is one large area of dam- age to the silk in the top half of the left edge of the needle- work(see picture 3). In the picture it appears that the damage goes all the way down the left edge, but it does not.   When it was stitched the silk was attached to a piece of linen before it was framed. In the bottom half of the left edge, what you are seeing is the edge of the silk attached to the linen. The silk edge is intact there.  In the top half of the left edge you see the hole in the silk which shows the linen under the embroidery.  Amazingly, there is no other damage to the embroidery.  It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                   $1685

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