This charming antique 'schoolgirl' needlework sampler was made by Marion A Bastedo, who was my great great grandmother. We know that she was born in 1838 in Northeastern Canada. Although the date of her work or perhaps the age she was when this was done cannot be clearly seen, I would estimate from her work that it was in about 1846. The needlework appears to have been done in wool thread on a linen ground in mostly red and olive green , which are the predominant colours on the sampler.
There are 9 rows of the typical alphabet letters in capitals and lower case letters and one row of numbers. The stitching of the borders dividing the rows are all in a different design and very well done. Around the border is a type of floral vine design and at the end of some of the lines of letters, one will see a little cross, two hearts and a type of flowering shrub which is repeated in the panel in the right hand bottom third, which also shows a pine tree. The whole panel is surrounded in a well executed wavy border in red and green. Next to that is Marion's name (and possible age) surrounded by quite a geometric representation of what must be flowering plants in red and green.
The sampler is a good size and measures 14.25 x 17.25 " without the frame, which is a rustic gold painted wood and in excellent shape, as is the glass.
There is some fading to many of the larger letters, which may have been done originally in lighter shades of green and rose. Also some slight loss of stitches in areas and several stains but otherwise the fabric is in great condition for its age of about 170 years - there are no holes or tears in the linen. Please see the photos. The linen is actually a lighter shade and less yellow in color than what is shown in the photos.
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