18th Century Pair Pocket Watch Sampler Needle Lace Love Tokens Dated 1792 Very Rare
This is a rare find indeed, rare to find one let alone a pair. These tiny 18th century needlework delights (just like their paper version of Watch Papers) were made to sit inside the case of a gents pocket watch. In the case of watch samplers; it served not only to cushion the watch from the case but also as a sentimental token to remind the watch owner of the beloved family member who made this special piece.
Our tiny pair were discovered together and we would not wish to separate them. One is very, very finely embroidered upon a very fine gauze ground with the sentiment " A Gift of Love June 12 1792" see a similar example owned by the British Museum. The other which we feel may be earlier is made up from 8 individual circular rings/ petals of exacting and complicated needle lace. Sadly the center of the flower design is all but disintegrated but please study the petal fillings as each of them is a needlework work of art with each petal being entirely different from the last. Both watch samplers sit upon a crimson cotton brocade, each is housed in its original 18th century fruitwood frame and behind absolutely ancient bubbled glass that has a blue hue.
Size: 1.5/8" (4 cm diameter). Frames 3" (7.5 cm) diameter
Condition: The dated sampler upon fine gauze has a small area of damage top left. The needlepoint lace pocket watch sampler has the needle lace design center almost disappeared and some damage to of the ancient needle lace petals. The circular frame has an old split repair at 12 o'clock (very common for circular frames). Both frames have received new top hangers and new backing paper as they were unsecured at their back when we purchased them. Before securing their backs we photographed the pair in natural daylight for you (third image from last).
This is a very rare opportunity for a watch sampler or pocket watch paper collector to own two examples, one of which is dated!! The diligence required to make such minute examples is to be marveled at.
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