Mary Honeyman Sampler
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.
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 ".
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-