Antique Band Sampler, 1718, by Sarah Foot


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Object Description

1718 Sampler by Sarah Foot. Framed in an old wood frame with rippled, old glass. Fixed to card with chipboard backing. The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches including Algerian eye. No border, divider lines in various patterns. Colours greens, light brown, gold, white, cream and blues. Alphabets A-Z in upper case and lower case and numbers 1-13. Verses read ‘The Lord is my portion saith my>soul. Therefore will I hope in>Him’ ‘Many Daughters have done vertuo>usly but thou excellest them>All favour is deceitful and buty>is vain but a woman that fear>eth the Lord she shall be praised’ ‘By this you se what care my parents>took of me when land is gon and mony>spent then larning is most excellen>t’ ‘How doth the little busy bee improv>e each shining hour and gather>honi al the day form every opening>flour how skilfuly she build her>cel how neat she spread her wax>and labours hard to store it wel>with the sweet food she makes in>works of labour or of skil i would>be busy to for satan finds some mis>chief. Stil for idle hands to do in b>ooks or work or healthful play>let my first years be fast that i m>ay give for every day some good a>ccount at last’ ‘There is beyond the sky a heaven of>joy and love and Holy children wh>en they die go to tht world abov>e there is a dreadful hel and ever>lasting pains there sinners must wit>h devils dwell in darkness fire and>chains can such a wretch as i escap>ethis cursed end and may i hope whe>ne er I die I shall to Heaven ascend t>hen will i read and pray while I ha>ve life and breath lest I should be c>ut off to day and sent to eternal death’. Signed and dated ‘Sarah Foot March 1718’.

Object Condition

Generally good. Two dark stain specks. Minor stitch losses to the divider lines, and letters. Colours are slightly faded, but still well defined. Unevenly stretched. Frame showing slight wear, otherwise sound.

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