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Small English Watch Sampler w/ Embroidered Decoration, c. 1810
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 3/4” and 2 ¼” in diameter, some smaller (as is this example) 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 tiny, embroidered example (1 5/8” in diameter --the smallest one I have found) is not dated, but most likely from c. 1810. English in origin, it has a large (relatively speaking) embroidered flower and a scalloped edge. It is framed in an appropriate wood frame (overall frame size is 3” square). The colors on the sampler are rich, and it is not torn or ripped and there are no holes or missing stitches.
One of several watch samplers in my Ruby Lane shop: check them all out!
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