This is a 1790 Sibbil Kents Sampler dating to the18th Century with Alphabets and Floral Crewel Embroidery. I believe it is a Massachusetts sampler and is from the late Barbara Lewis estate which was located here in Western Massachusetts. It is done in silks on hand spun and hand woven linen. The embroidery threads were all naturally dyed using white, greens and browns. You can tell this sampler was done by a young child. Also notice that sampler is spelled “samplar”. There is one set of letters (no J) and one set of numbers 1-5. She stitched her name “Sibbil Kents”. There is some color aging to the linen. Also there appears to be a “bug” of some sort that crawled into the bottom portion of the framing a long time ago and has nothing to do with the sampler itself. I like to preserve antiques in original condition and I have not taken the frame apart. The frame itself is a yellow gold liner with a wood backing. The backing is held with square nails. The sampler itself is on mat board of some kind. The measurements including the frame are 12” x 10” and without the frame measuring the sampler itself is 9” x 7”. The sampler has a narrow 1/4 inch hand stitched hem all the way around This is a very early 18thC Massachusetts sampler.
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