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#6383
 Miniature Sampler


11 1/4" x 8".  16 " x 12 1/2" including a modern frame.   This extremely unusual miniature sampler is very charming and quite lovely.  Although the center of the sampler is filled with a series of initials, (either that or a series of letters that do not have an obvious meaning), our stitcher did not sign her name to the piece.          

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She started her sampler with three compartment- alized alphabets across the top.   She followed that with an assortment of spot motifs including a crown, an altar, a church, and several small animals includ- ing a very unusual bird.   But, the true beauty of this sampler is in the wonderful surrounding floral border.  It surrounds the motifs as well as the cartouche in the center, giving the entire sampler a light, airy appearance.  The sampler is dated 1810 in the center of the altar.                                                                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                                                            Sadly, there are some problems to the condition of this sweet sampler.    There are several holes in the ground fabric.   The worst of these is, of course, in the center of the piece.   If you click on the enlarged pictures, the holes are visible.   But, there are no losses to the silk (other than in the center) and the colors are still vibrant.  There is no staining.  The sampler has been mounted on acid free board.
                                           $1265
                     New Price      $495

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#6263
 Mary Ann Stark Sampler

12 1/2" x 12 1/2". 15 3/4" x 15 3/4" including probably the original frame.  Mary Ann's lovely silkwork sampler is a mourning sampler for her brother, Charles.  She stitched a beautiful floral border surrounding florals, trees, birds, cherubs and a very poignant verse.   The center of the sampler also has a very lovely basket of flowers.  She signed her sampler " Mary ann Stark 1848".

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The verse reads:                                                       " The Death of a Brother                                       Charles is gone dear youth how                             Suddent was the stroke he received                       When coming home from work                             Short was the time he had in this world to stay      For God who gave can surely take away".               

    

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The condition of Mary ann's sampler is good although there are some holes.   They are mostly in the border area with the only really noticable one being above the small heart near the right border. There are two or three others but they are not obvious. The color of the silks are still vibrant and there is only one stain in the top left corner. 
                                                     $1150
                             New Price        $695

                                                                         #6753                                                                                              Eliz. Maria Puddlecombe Sampler
                                                          

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17" x 19 1/2".   22 1/2" x 24 1/2 " including the original frame.   The florals in Elizabeth's beautiful sampler are absolutely won- derful!  They are very elaborate and filled with lots of color and many different stitches.   The top center floral is especially gor- geous.   I have never seen anything quite like it.   There is an amazing amount of texture in this lovely sampler.  Interestingly, Elizabeth actually abbreviated her first name on the sampler.  I don't think I have ever seen that before.  She signed her sam- pler,  "Eliz. Maria Puddlecombe  1838".   There are florals of all types, birds, deer, baskets of fruit, stars, trees, a verse and a floral border.        

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                                   Elizabeth's verse reads:

1. It is Religion that can give Sweetest pleasure while we live.  Religion only can supply Solid comfort when we die.  2. After death its joys shall be Lasting as eternity.   If the Saviour be my friend Then my bliss will never end.
3.   Short is our longest day of life  And soon its prospect end. Yet on that day uncertain date Eternity depends.
4.   Grant in me thy humble mind Patient pitiful and kind
Meek and lowly let me be Full of goodness full of thee."                                                                                                                                        

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There is a bit of damage to Elizabeth's beautiful sampler.   To the left and underneath verse #4, the sampler had been cut, probably by broken glass at some time.   In order to stablize the area, I attached the sampler to another piece of linen using invisable quilting thread.   There is also a hole and a dark spot just under the center floral and some damage along the bottom of the sampler as well as an overall darkening to the fabric.  But, as the pictures show, it is still a lovely piece.
                                                                       $1675
                                                                                                           New Price         $1175


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#5470

Pheby Searson Sampler - 12" X 17". 17 1/2" X 22" including new frame. This sweet verse and motif sampler is dated 1805. While there is some thread loss in the verse area, it is still mostly legible. It reads "Hard lot of mine my

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days are cast among the sons of strife whose never ceasing sprawling waste my golden words of life. Peace is the blessing that I seek. How lovely are its charms. I am for peace but when I speak they all declare for arms."  This verse probably refers

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to the battle of Trafalgar which occured Oct. 21, 1805.  The verse is surrounded by a lovely series of motifs and a strawberry border.  In addition to the thread loss, there are three holes located in the left border near the top, under the first word of the verse and the bottom left near the fruit basket. It has been conservation mounted and framed.
                                       $985
                                                                       New Price    $585

                                                                         #6627                                                                                                      Eliza Coggs Sampler
                                                

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12 1/2" x 19".   17 1/2" x 24 " including the original frame.   Eliza's stunning sampler is an amazingly realistic pictoral of a boy and girl holding on to a dog.  The young girl appears to be holding the boy back from the dog.   So, there you have it - sibling rivalry even on a sampler!   The children are wearing period clothing and are surrounded with a lovely garden scene.   There is a house seen in the distance.  

Above the children, we see more wonderful florals and an absolutely stunning bird (a peacock, I think).   The entire scene is surrounded with a beautifully ornate border of foliage.     

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                                                                                                         The sampler is signed, " Eliza Coggs  Her Work   Aged 12   1850".  The use of color and shading and the realism displayed is quite wonderful.   While done in the style of a needlepoint picture, Eliza stitched her sampler using silk on linen, which makes it a cross over to a sampler instead of a needlepoint picture.  This is a charming and very unusual piece of needle art.                                                                                                                                                            

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The condition of Eliza's lovely needlework is very good.   There are two small holes in the left center border area and some overall darkening of the fabric inside of the border area.  But the silks are still vibrant and there is no thread loss at all.  The sampler has been mounted on acid-free mounting board and put back into its original frame.
                                                                                                                                                                 $2875
                                               New Price   $1675

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