This is a very sweet 19th century sampler that comes with a double provenance. It was purchased many years ago from the deceased estate of textile collector Ann Mary Johnstone. Ann purchased this sampler in 2004 and as seen to the rear, this item came from the collection of author Sylvia Groves, The History of Needlework Tools and Accessories. There is also a small cotton reference label stitched to the inside of the top right corner (see image).
Size: 8.5 inch by 5 inch (21.5 cm by 12.5 cm)
Worked upon a very fine, plain weave linen ground we see 22 samples of very intricate needlelace/ detached needlepoint stitches. It would be wonderful to see this little survivor framed so that the skill and intricacy of these complicated stitches can be admired.
Condition: The fine linen sampler has a later courser weave linen backing stitched to a card backing board. We removed the original clear plastic wrapper as we felt this did not allow the fabric to breathe, this left a slight sticky residue to the later linen border edge to the reverse. To the front are half a dozen rust marks and three tiny central holes to the ground within those rust spots.
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