Offering a marvelous old German framed punch paper sampler. Featured is a verse from the Song of the Bell, by Friedrich Schiller written in the early 1800's.
This sampler is in German and it reads:
Holder Friede, süsse Eintracht, weilet, freundlich Unter diesen Dach.
Gentle Concord Kindly Peace Ah, tarry Friendship under this roof.
Dach means roof in German but it is also an acronym for the major German speaking centers of Europe (Germany– Austria and Switzerland).
The poem was embroidered on punch hole paper with some glitter on it. The whole picture is a combination of painting, stitching, pressed ferns and flowers (I think these are edelweiss). In the center is an embroidered house with a paper die cut angel sitting in a window. The whole thing is exquisitely unique.
The actual sampler measures; 12" X 16" and it sits under glass in an ornate wood frame that measures 15 ½" X 19 ½". The back is open and is old cardboard with a twisted wire hanger.
The sampler is simply stunning, a fantastic bit of history, and apart from a small spot of age related fading on the paper (upper left side), there is no damage.