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                                                                             #8082                                                                                                      Mary Masters Sampler              

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11" x 13 1/2" or 14 1/2" x 17 " including a period maple frame.  Mary stitched her vibrant sampler at the very young age of eight years. She included two wonderful verses and loads of charm- ing motifs.  There are birds and stags and two funky swans.  There are trees and cherubs and florals, as well as a gorgeous mansion with a large front garden and a picket fence.  She stitched "P R Wales" beneath a crown which undoubtedly refers to "Prince Regent - the Prince of Wales". And she surrounded it all with a delicate strawberry border.  All of this at the tender age of eight years.  It's quite lovely.

 

  Her verses read:

 

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"Friendship

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"

"Virtue

Virtue's the chiefest beauty of the mind
The noblest ornament of human kind
Virtue's our safeguard and our guiding star
That stirs up reason when our senses far".

She signed her sampler,  " Mary Masters  Aged eight years".
 

                                                                                    

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The condition of Mary's needlework is good but it does have some issues.  There are a few very tiny holes and one medium sized hole between the right border and the right tree next to the bunny.   There is also some overall darkening to the fabric.  The band of sawtooth satin stitch below the first verse has faded away, but the rest of the silks are still vi- brant. It is framed on acid-free board and the one hole is really not noticable unless you are specifically looking for it.                                                                                                                                                                   $1265.00

                                                                             #8075                                                                                                      Mary Honeyman Sampler               

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13" x 16" or 16" x 19 1/4 " including a modern oak frame.  There are certain elements that we associate with samplers stitched in Scotland.  Mary's sampler has many of them.  It simply could not be more Scottish. There is a lovely house with a gated front garden, a charming peacock, characteristic Scottish fruit trees and LOTS of family initials.  And everything is done in predominately red and green.  Be sure to click on the enlargement to see the roof of the house - it is wonderful!

Mary was born on January 6, 1824 in Collessie, Fife, Scotland. Her parents were Janet Arthur and James Honeyman.  Her sampler is circa 1834.

 

 

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Her needlework is absolutely filled with family initials including
the following: her parents - JH JA, her grandparents - TA JS,  and JH, EB, JH, EH, JH, AH, MH, JH, TH, JS, IH, JL, MA, JL, MA, TA, JS, AS, JL, JM, JS, GS, JL, ML, IW, IB, HB, HL, IS, HM and MT. What a treasure trove of family members to search for in the census records!  

She signed her sampler,  " Mary Honeyman's Work  ". 
 

                                                                                    

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The condition of Mary's needlework is very good. The colors are bright and the only fading is in the area of the signature, which makes the age hard to read. The only holes are the nail holes on the outer edge of the fabric which only show a bit at the top. It is framed on acid-free board. This is a charming sampler with lots of history in very good con- dition.                                                                                                                                    $885.00

                                                                             #8076                                                                                                      Whitework Sampler               

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9" x 26" or 11" x 28 1/2 " including a modern frame. This beautiful piece of needlework history is circa 1680. It is definitely the type of work that was not done after the 17th century. There is band after band of stunning whitework seper- ated by band after band of stunning cutwork. The effect is  ele- gant, delicate and lacy.

This is an advanced piece that would probably have been done by an older girl or a young woman. The diamond shaped patterns are worked in four-sided stitch and then filled in with intricate patterns of satin stitch.  I cannot emphasize enough how truly lovely these satin stitch patterns are. 

The lacy looking cutwork bands are a study in how to make lace out of fabric.  These patterns and techniques are more advanced than the satin stitch patterns.

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In the 17th century they did not have pattern books to store the designs for their needlework.  So if they wanted to re- member the patterns for future use, they had to stitch them onto fabric or onto a sampler. The sampler was then rolled up and stored in her sewing basket to be pulled out when a specific pattern or stitch was required. So, the purpose of a sampler was twofold. A young girl would be taught the stitches and techniques as she was stitching them, and then she would keep her work as a sample of what she had learned to draw from for the rest of her life. This piece is a lovely example those methods. 

                                                                                    

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The condition of this very early sampler is fair to good.  Actualy, considering it's extreme age, the condition is quite good.  There is some noticable damage mostly to the cutwork areas and some fading to the second to the last band.  But otherwise the stitching is all still intact. The sampler has been cut along the bottom edge of the fabric.  Most likely, some amount of blank unfinished fabric was cut off at some point. Someone probably felt that the sampler would be easier to frame without the additional blank fabric.  It is framed on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     $1950.00

                                                                             #8084                                                                                                      May Duncan Sampler              

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16" x 17 1/4" or 20 1/2" x 21 1/2 " including a modern burled frame. May's beautiful sampler features a charming red brick house with four chimneys and several many paned windows. There are fruit trees, florals, birds and baskets of fruit.  She adds a poignant verse and surrounds it with a three sided trefoil border. 

While we were unable to find an exact match for May in the Scottish birth records, we did find a May Duncan that was bap- tised in Swinton and Simprin, Berwick Scotland in 1847.  As this sampler has a definite Scottish look to it, it is fairly possible that our May could have been related to her.

Her verse reads:

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Our Life is Like The fading grass
Our Youth is Like A flower
The Wind doth quickly o er them Pass
They Perish in an hour"


She signed her sampler,  " May Duncan  Aged 18  1868".
 

                                                                                    

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The condition of May's sampler is good but it does have some issues.   There are a few holes and repairs mostly in the area of the house. They are along the left side of the house and above the two chimneys, as well as just to the left of the parents initials.  While there is a bit of overall darkening, the colors are vibrant and strong and there are no missing threads.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $965.00

                                                                             #8083                                                                                                      Elizabeth Adams Sampler               

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13" x 14 3/4" or 17 1/2" x 19 " including a period maple frame with a gilt liner. Elizabeth's lovely sampler is what we refer to as a 'vanity' sampler.  It appears that she went back at a later date and picked out both her age and the last two numbers of the date in an effort to keep her age confidential. 

She stitched a gorgeous mansion with a front garden surrounded by a charming pickett fence. The mansion is filled with arched windows and sits between two trees.  There are butterflies, birds, two impressive baskets of fruit and lots of florals.  The border is filled with lovely carnations. Her sampler is really quite beautiful.

 

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Her verse reads:

"On the Lord's Day
Sweet is the work of God our king
To praise thy name give thanks and sing
To show thy love by morning light
And talk of all thy truth by night

Sweet is the day of sacred rest
No mortal cares disturb our breast
Oh may our hearts in tune be found
Like David's harp of solemn sound

Our hearts shall triumph in thee Lord
And bless thy work and bless thy word
Thy works of grace how bright they shine
How deep thy counsels how divine".

She signed her sampler,  " Elizabeth Adams   Aged ____ ".
 

                                                                                    

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The condition of Elizabeth's sampler is good.  There is some overall darkening to the fabric and a few of the words in the verse have faded away. But I did not find any holes in the fabric and the colors are still quite good.  As I said she has picked out the date but I believe the sampler to be circa 1810.  The sampler has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                            $1650.00

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