The provenance letter, dated 1919, is behind glass on the reverse of the sampler. (The sampler is behind glass on one side; the letter on the other). Not knowing anything about samplers personally, simply had to buy this when I read the letter which is as follows:
"A Sampler - worked in the Waterloo Year in the original Silver Frame (a very unusual sample of frame.) Subject: 'The Fall & Redemption of Man' Adam & Eve are seen under, &, each equally guilty this time, gathering the fruit of The Tree Of Knowledge! although faded by the passage of 100 years The Tempter, in the guise of the Serpent may be seen twining round the trunk of the Tree, whispering into the ear of Eve 'Ye Shall be as Gods! Knowing Good & Evil!' Mark the blue eyes & black hair (an Irish girl worked the sampler of both Adam & Eve, & mark, particularly, Eve's wealth of hair! Despite the forbidding pair of Destroying Angels fluttering in midair, two remarkable fine Doves (in blue silk) descend well developed Olive Branches to the Guilty pair. Above is the Tree of Life on which calmly rest two Golden plumaged, blue eyed Doves representing the redeemed souls of Adam & Eve typifying the restful and quiet peace which even Guilty Man (& woman) may attain! From the Collection of J. L. Middleton, The Old Palace, Richmond, Surrey to Mr. Janis 1919"
Since this dates the sampler to the"Year of Waterloo", it is circa 1815.
I have done no restoration to this wonderful piece. Everything is as found. The right frame of the sampler side is shown on the frame, but is not attached. There was damage to that side and a bit on the lower right corned. , but call attention to the damage of that side.. The cloth border on the frame on the letter side is detached partially along the lower border, but can be re-attached, since it is complete. The original cords that were used for hanging are still attached to the top of the frame. We have not examined this out of the frame. The frame is wood, to which to frame on one side and the cloth embellishments to the other were obviously added.
This has been in my personal collection for many years. Hopefully I have adequately described it. Have had an appraiser look at it, and he felt the age was consistent with the letter. He felt this should be valued highly, but am listing it for about what I paid for it so many years ago.
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