This is an astounding example of the needlework proficiency of very young girls in the 19th century. It is long and folding and of red cotton with the actual sampler embroidered on linen and with linen thread on both sides. It was created by a 9-year old child Lucy Peace in 1864. The sections of needlework include crochet, netting, pulled threadwork etc and demonstrate a wide range of intricate embroidery. At one end is attached a letter presumably addressed to the same child with the address ‘Miss Pease, Smelt House via Darlington’ containing a Happy Christmas card and a note for ‘Darling Lucy, With Much Love and Best Wishes from Lizzie, Christmas 1873’. This was obviously a treasured message to have been attached to the sampler at a later date. The condition is very good for age with just minimal slight discolouration. These exquisitely worked samplers provide an extraordinary insight into the constraints and dexterity of children of earlier eras and this one would be delightful placed in an appropriate work box. Length 34.5 ins (87.5cm) x width 5.5 ins (14cm). Weight 68 grams.
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