Fine antique needlework sampler made in the year 1846 meticulously embroidered in a restricted palette of yellow / goldenrod / dark khaki, dark green and black on a tightly woven linen ground. A hymn / pious verse tops the sampler followed by the makers name (Mercy Hall), age (11), and year it was made (1846). A line separates the lower portion which is embroidered with baskets, flowers, hearts, birds, parrots, dogs, crowns, lions standing on plinths, and two small anchors. The entire sampler is surrounded by a floral meandering border. Its symmetrical composition, highly skilled execution, tiny stitching of motifs organized in a very structured, evenly spaced manner are characteristic of an English piece. The hymn / pious verse was written by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), at one time a missionary in the new colony of Savannah, Georgia for the S.P.G. (Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts). Charles Wesley was known as "the bard of Methodism" and considered the greatest hymn writer of all time. It reads as follows:
"Come to the living waters, come! Sinners, obey your Maker 's call; Return, ye weary wanderers, home, And find my grace is free for all."
Mercy was 11 years old in 1846 when she embroidered this sampler so she must have been born circa 1835. It comes ready to display in a beautiful birds-eye maple frame. In very good used condition with toning and minor imperfections to frame as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 18 5/16" by 13 5/8" (46.5 cm by 34.6 cm); Visible Image: 15 3/8" by 10 13/16" (39 cm by 27.4 cm) approximately.
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