Antique 19th Century Miniature Sampler Emily Gibson Dated 1855 of Furneux Pelham England Lovely
This very sweet mid nineteenth century sampler is worked upon a fine plain weave ground with neat and precise stitching; remarkable when you consider this little girl was but eight years old at the time. We see upper and lower case alphabets and numbers and the remains of the original red silk ribbon borders. Little Emily has clearly stitched her name, address and date at the bottom.
The 1851 census tells us that Emily Gibson was born in 1847 in the medieval village of Furneux Pelham, Hertfordshire. She was born to an educated family. Her father was a Vicar - John Gibson who was born in 1802. He was a very clever chap who was a late fellow and tutor of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge He gained his BA in 1826, was ordained as a Deacon in 1827, ordained a Priest at Ely in 1829, gained an MA in 1829 and a BD (Bachelor of Divinity) in 1839. He was Vicar of Brent with Furneux Pelham between 1839 and 1863. He died December 19th 1863 at Furneaux Pelham. In 1836 he married Jane Gibson who was born in 1814 daughter of John Hubbard Esq of Stratford grove, Essex. The Gibson family were living at Church Street, Furneux Pelham in 1851. Emily had six sisters and one brother Herbert who was created Bart in 1851! Whilst living at Church Street there were also a governess and three servants living at this address suggesting that John Gibson's position as the parish vicar allowed for a comfortable existence.
Size: 8" (20.5 cm) by 6 5/8" (17 cm)
Condition: Some age related darkening to the plain weave ground. Free from holes or lost stitches. The red silk ribbon border is very shredded with age. The wonderful original striped silk backing remains.
A charming survivor that looks so lovely when displayed with other period treasures.
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