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#7093
 Eleanor Hough Sampler


12" x 16 1/4".   15 1/2" x 19 1/2" including a beautiful 19th century bird's eye maple frame. Eleanor's lovely sampler features exquisite workmanship.  The floral border is quite elaborate and draws the eye to the beautiful basket of flowers in the center of the sam- pler.  Eleanor's use of many different types of flowers adds to the beauty of her sampler and keeps the piece interesting and lively.  It's also fairly rare to see so much delicate shading in a sampler.   
      

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Eleanor was born December 12, 1818 in St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, England.  She was christened on March 26, 1815. Her parents were William and Lucy Hough.  She signed her sampler  "Eleanor Hough  age 11 years  1826"

                              

                                                                                                                                

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      All of the stitching is in wonderful condition, but there are two noticable holes in the fabric. The largest one is between the three orange flowers on the right side of the basket.  The second hole is just above the upper left flower in the basket. There are a couple of other holes but they are tiny. The colors of the silk are vibrant and there is no bleeding, so the sampler is otherwise in very good condition. It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                  $1145

                                                                             #6963                                                                                                      Scottish Thistle Sampler              

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10 1/2 " x 12 1/2" .   14 1/2 " x 16 1/2 " including a stunning 19th century bird's eye maple frame. While this unusual sampler is not signed or dated, it appears to be quite early, probably late 18th century.  Several of the motifs are commonly found on Scottish samplers including the undulating pansy band, a peacock, the trees made up of diamonds and, of course the stunning thistle.  The lovely sampler also includes a delicate honeysuckle vine border and an unusual bargello-like motif that is actually worked in cross stitch.

 
  

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There is no verse on the sampler.  The building in the middle of the sampler is very similar to one stitched on a couple of samplers pictured in the book, Scottish Embroidery Medieval To Modern by Margaret Swain.  It has some interesting spire-like pieces on the roof.   In the center just above the doors, our sampler maker stitched the numbers 1 2 3 4 and below that the numbers 98.   I don't know if the numbers actually mean something or if she was merely practicing numbers.    As mentioned earlier, this is a very unusual sampler.                                                                                  

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The condition of the sampler is very good.   The only holes are on the outer edge of the fabric.   The colors are still quite vibrant except for the light cream color, and there are no thread losses.   All in all, this is an early, interesting Scottish sampler in very good condition.  It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $1325

 #7054
 Stag Sampler

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10 " x 11 3/4 ".   13" x 15 " including a 19th century bird's eye maple frame.  In spite of some condition issues, this sweet sampler is not without its charm. The peaceful vignette at the bottom of the sampler is quite lovely.  There is a stag at rest between two soft, airy trees.  It's a very simple little scene but somehow, it makes me smile. The sampler features two different borders. The outside strawberry border surrounds an inner delicate floral border, which of course surrounds what would have been the verse.  Sadly, the verse has faded away and is no longer readable. 



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                                                                                   When this sampler came to me, it was folded over about 3" from the top and framed in an awful frame that was obviously too small for it. It constantly amazes me to see what some people will do to a lovely piece of needlework just to save a few dollars on a frame.  I have since reframed it on acid-free board in a nice 19th century bird's eye maple frame.                                                                                                                                                            

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As mentioned above, the verse on this charming sampler has faded away.  And while the signature is also no longer there, the date of the sampler is quite visable. It is dated August 20th, 1817. There is a pronounced fold line where the sampler was framed folded back.  There are several holes along this line. There are also holes along the bottom border and there is one in the left border area about 5" from the top.                                                                                                                                                                        $475      

 #7052
 Sarah Belwood Sampler

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14 1/4 " x 17 ".   16" x 19 " including a 19th century gilt frame with old wavy glass.  Sarah's beautiul sampler is absolutely filled with sampler motif after sampler motif, pretty much everything you could want on an antique sampler. There are dividing bands, an alphabet, a verse, and an elegant carnation border.  There are trees, peacocks, birds, dogs, baskets of fruit, squirrels, florals, Adam & Eve with the tree of life, and even two little geese. Sarah's workmanship is excellent, the design is lovely, and the stitches are tiny.

Sarah was born on January 1, 1788 in Helmsley, York, England. Her father was Robert Belwood.  



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                                                                               Her verse reads:

"By this you see what
Care my parents took of me
This working hand my friends
Shall have when I ham dead
And laid in my grave".

Yes, she really did say "...when I ham dead..."
Her sampler is dated 1803.                                                                                                                                                

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The sampler is a bit darkened in the center, parti- cularly in the verse area but there are no other issues with the condition of the piece.  There is no bleeding and no thread loss. The colors are quite vibrant and the silks are still showing a lovely sheen. There is a fair amount of loss to the beading on the gilt frame but it is otherwise strong.  It has been mounted on acid-free board.                                                                                                                                          $1825     

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