c.1820 Antique Sampler by Maria Tooby. Framed in an antique wooden 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 floral border. Colours green, cream, red, gold, pink, brown and black. Verse reads, ‘Friends are Like Leaves that on the trees do grow> In Summers prosprous state much Love they show> But art thou in Adversity then they> Like Leaves from trees in autumn fall away> Happy is he who hath a Friend indeed> But he more haapy is who none does need’. Signed, ‘Mary Tooby AG tat 11 YRS’. A wonderful set of motifs, some finely embroidered, including a girl, unusually having a paper body, birds, potted flowering plants, fruit baskets, crowns, a horse, a zebra, a lion, a stag, a leopard and a lion.