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                                                                             #8117                                                                                                      Ann Tucker Sampler              

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12 1/2" x 16 1/2" or 17" x 21 " including a stunning period bird's eye maple frame.  Ann's sampler is quite simply charm- ing, with a great deal of visual appeal. The vignette in the center features an elegant stately home with lovely arched many-paned windows. There is a simple but very attractive fence surround- ing a garden with trees, flowers and a bird.

Above the house are three really pretty and quite unusual florals and her first verse. In the bottom half of the sampler, she surrounds her signature with a lovely floral border and adds a second verse.  There are also baskets of fruit, more florals and a stag (I think). She surrounds her sampler with a very delicate floral border.

 Her verse reads:

 

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"Teach me to feel another's woe
To hide the fault i see
That mercy i to others show
That mercy show to me".

"If i am right thy grace impart
Still in the right to stay
If i am wrong o teach my heart
To find that better way".

She signed her sampler,  " Ann Tucker  Aug st th 19, 1826. ".
 

                                                                                    

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The condition of Ann's needlework is good but it does have some issues. There are a few very small holes, mostly in the area of the bottom verse and the bottom border.  There are also 2 small holes next to the last line of the first verse. The colors of the silks are still vibrant and I would say that the overall condition is good. It is framed on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $1675

                                                                             #8115                                                                                                      Selina Ann Kinning Sampler              

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12 3/4" x 11 3/4" or 15 3/4" x 14 3/4 " including an old oak frame.   Selina Ann was born in Ulcombe, Kent, England in 1807.  She stitched this charming sampler at the tender age of eight years. On June 14, 1832 she married James Frost in Tonbridge, Kent, England.  She died in 1903 at the age of ninety-six years.  Her sweet sampler features florals, birds, trees and a charning set of insects - bees and butterflies.  You can clearly see the stripes in the black and yellow bees.  It's won- derful.  The upper verse is surrounded with an unusual but lovely wreath of red rosebuds.

 Her verse reads:

 

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"Do Justly love
Mercy and walk
humbly with thy God"

The second, and longer verse is difficult to read. Some of the words are missing and although most of them are still there, they are tiny and don't seem to make a lot of sense.  I can read the last few lines. They are "...blessing can restore And heaven exacts a strict account For every misspent hour".

She signed her sampler,  " Selina Ann Kinning  Agd 8 years". ".
 

                                                                                    

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The condition of Selina's needlework is very good. There are no holes in the fabric and the colors are quite vibrant. There are no stains or darkening to the fabric although there are some missing words in the verse. It is framed on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $875

                                                                             #8113                                                                                                      Caroline De Lisle Sampler               

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19 3/4" x 21 1/2" or 24" x 29 " including a modern frame.  Caroline's impressive sampler features florals and butterflies, as well as two colorful stars, a verse and a honeysuckle vine bor- der. The stunning vignette at the bottom of her sampler is really quite special.  

The stately home is stitched over one thread (instead of the usual two threads) resulting in truely tiny stitches.  It is beautiful.  The three story home features ten windows, an arched door and a weather vane on the roof. The lovely garden is surrounded with charming trees. The fence and gate are equally lovely and feature four impressive pillars. There is a shepherd and shep- herdess all surrounded with a wonderful bower of grapes and strawberries.  Two elegant pillars complete the bower.

 Her verse reads:

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"Lighten our darknefs we beseech thee
O Lord and do thy great mercy
Defend us from all perils and dangers
Of this night for the love of thy only
Son and saviour Jesus Christ Amen".

She signed her sampler,  "Made by Caroline De Lisle
Aged 13 years  1812. ".
 

                                                                                    

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The condition of Caroline's sampler is good but it is dark- ened along the top right side, in the middle verse area and in the border.  The only holes in the fabric are along the outside edges where it was once nailed to a board. The colors of the silks are quite vibrant and there are no losses to the threads. n.b.  There is an odd reflection from the glass along the right border.  That is a reflection only.  It is not on the sampler. It is framed on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                             $950

                                                                             #8116                                                                                                      Sidney Howard Sampler                                                                                            Waynesville School                                                                                              

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Wood County, Ohio
            
20 1/2" x 16 1/2" or 26" x 22 " including a beautiful period bird's eye maple frame. Sidney's wonderful Quaker sampler is actually quite rare. According to Sue Studebaker in her book , Ohio Is My Dwelling Place, "only eighteen samplers believed to have been stitched at the Waynesville School have been discovered." I believe this to be the nineteenth. Sidney was born in 1807 in Wood County, Ohio. Her parents were Willian Howard and Elizabeth Polly Patterson. Sidney married Willaim Pratt on June 12, 1824 in Wood County, Ohio. The "W" stitched into the basket of fruit is characteristic of only two places - Westtown School in Pennsylvania and Waynesville School in Waynesville, Ohio. 

Sidney's lovely sampler is filled with many of the motifs we typically find on Quaker samplers.  There are the two facing birds, the many Quaker florals, the eight corner stars and of course, the basket of fruit with the "W", as well as the verse written in the Quaker alphabet. This is truely a special piece of needlework history.                                     

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                                                                                                                                                                          Her verse reads:                                                        

"This work perhaps my friends may have
When I am in my silent grave
And which wheneer thy chance to see
May kind remembrance picture me
While on the glowing canvafs stands
The labor of my youthful hands"

She signed her sampler,  "Sidney Howard  1823 ".
 

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The condition of Sidney's rare needlework is quite good. The only issue to the condition that I can see is the darkening or stain in the verse area.  And even that is not particularly bothersome.  It is framed on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $2835

                                                                                       #8119                                                                                                        Nancy C. Reamer Sampler              

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McConnellsburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania

17 1/2" x 17 1/2" or 20 1/2" x 20 1/2 " including a dark wood period frame.  Nancy's lovely needlework is an excellent ex- ample of a school girl sampler in that she she uses at least five different stitches in her piece. She used cross stitch, algerian eyelet stitch, 4 sided stitch, and queen stitch as well as cross stitch over one thread.  The different stitches give her sampler a good amount of depth and appeal.

She worked three different alphabets, numbers, and florals as well as a basket of fruit and a bird in a very balanced and attractive sampler.  She added a delicate strawberry border on the top and bottom of her piece, with a larger undulating border along the sides. 

 

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She signed her piece " Nancy C. Reamer's Sampler
Worked in the Twelfth year of her age  McConnellsburg  Bedford County, Pennsylvania April 2 d A D  1835 ".

We found her parents, Christian Reamer and Sarah Camp- bell Reamer in Bedford County and we found her husband Samuel Lyon Russell in Bedford County as well. Bedford County is now called Fulton County.  Nancy's middle name was Campbell, the same as her mother.  So it looks as if she was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania and spent her entire life there. Pennsylvania samplers are fairly difficult to acquire so it is quite nice to be able to offer this lovely piece.
 

                                                                                    

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The condition of Nancy's needlework is very good with no holes in the fabric. The colors still pop and there are no losses to the threads. The areas of queen stitch are beautiful because they still show a lovely sheen to the silks. The only condition issue that I see are the two stains in the alphabet area along the right side. It is framed on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $1875

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