One of the most elusive of all 19th century needlework pieces are Watch Samplers, small, round stitched items, usually made by a wife or daughter to be kept inside the case of a gentleman’s pocket watch. They are usually between 1 ¾” and 2 ¼” in diameter and sometimes have decorations, sometimes initials and on rare occasions, a full name or motto. As you can well imagine, very few have survived.
This example has sheered silk stitches around the border on textured linen; there is decoration in the center. Colors are deep and rich: maroon, green, brown and pink on gray linen. It measures about 2 1/8” in diameter and undated but is probably c. 1810. It is framed in an appropriate wood frame (overall frame size is 4 ¼” square). The sampler is in very good condition, with no rips, tears, holes or missing stitches.
One of several watch samplers in my Ruby Lane shop: check them all out!