Lucy A. Harman Sampler
12 " x 16". 15 3/4 " x 19 3/4 " including a 19th century maple frame with a gilt liner. Lucy's charming sampler features a won-
derful two story house and a lovely garden filled with sheep, ducks, dogs, birds, flowers and trees. The elegant house has arched multi-paned windows and steps leading up to an im-
pressive door. I particularly like the wrought iron fence across the front of the garden.
She stitched one verse above the center pictoral, and another one below it. The sampler is surrounded by a floral border featuring both tulips and honeysuckle. Lucy's needlework has a
lovely overall visual appeal that is quite rare in a piece worked by an eight year old child. She signed her sampler, "Lucy A. Harman aged 8 Years 1830".
Her first verse reads:
"Honour thy Father with thy whole Heart
and forget not the sorrows of thy Mother
how canst thou recompense them the things
they have done for thee"
Her second verse reads:
"Shun every vice your Sovereign Lord obey
And walk in pure religion's pleasing way
Then time may hasten quick your days may fly
You'll not regret their speed nor fear to die".
The condition of the sampler is good. There are a few small holes mostly around the outer edges of the border, as well as a couple of small holes in the second verse area, and
near the two ducks in the garden. But the holes are truly not very noticable. There is also a very small amount of thread loss in the steps leading up to the door, and a bit of darken-
ing to the second verse area. It has been mounted on