Antique Silkwork Sampler, 1817, by Mary Dobney. Framed in an old wood frame with gilt slip and glass. Mounted to conservator standards on acid free card with chipboard backing. The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches. Meandering strawberry border. Colours green, blue, red, yellow, black, pink, brown and gold. Verses read ‘Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand.> As the first efforts of an Infants hand.> And while her fingers on the canves moves.> Engage her tender Heart to seek thy love.’ and ‘ Jesus do thou direct her walk,> Inspire her thoughts dictate her talk: Lord giver her Faith. and holy fear;> Make her every act sincere’.. Signed and dated ‘Mary Dobney May 18th 1817’. A good set of motifs, including, flowers, potted flowering plants, fir trees and crowns.