Jane Crow Sampler
19" x 19 1/2". 24 " x 24 1/2 " including a 19th century bird's eye maple frame. Mary Crow was born on August 5, 1825 in Angus County, Montrose, Scotland. Her parents were James
Crow and Jane Strachan. In the 1841 Scotland Census, she listed her occupation as "flaxspinner". Perhaps she spun the flax for this very piece of linen!
Her sampler features a lovely Scottish alphabet, a large undulat- ing pansy band, a charming sailing ship and Adam and Eve under the tree of life. She also added several family initials
including "JC, EK, JC, JC, AC, MC, EC,AF, MF, and AN".
Her verse reads:
"Love them that love me
And those that seek me
Shall early find me."
She signed her sampler, " Jane Crow's Work
Aged 12 1837".
The condition of Jane's sampler is good. There is a hole in each of the top two corners and one more next to the second bloom in the large floral band. And while some of the letter-
ing is a bit faded, it is still readable. There are no losses to the stitching. The sampler has been lined with an old piece of cotton which is probably original to the piece and it has
been mounted on acid-free board.