Antique Scottish Sampler, 1808, by Flora Kerr, Glasgow


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Object Description

Scottish Sampler, 1808, by Flora Kerr, Glasgow. The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in cross stitch and Algerian eye. Meandering strawberry border. Colours green, blue, light brown, copper, gold, black and pink. Alphabets A-Z in upper case Verse entitled ‘PROV IV’ reads, ‘7 Wisdom is The principal thing therefore > Get wisdom and with all thy getting get > understanding. Exalt her and she shall promote thee She shall bring thee to honour > when though dost embrace her.’. Signed, ‘Flora Kerr Her Work Aged 9’ amongst the verse and dated, ‘1808’ at the bottom. Other text includes, ‘Peace and Plenty’, ‘Let Glasgow Florish’ and the names of the stitcher’s parents, ‘Norman Kerr My Father’ and ‘Margrat Young My Mother’. A good set of motifs, including peacocks, stars, birds, potted flowering plants, stags, fir trees, crowns, hearts, a house with a garden and fruit baskets. Framed in an old wood frame with rippled, old glass. Mounting: The sampler is glued around the outer edges only, to a board. The sampler can be removed from the board, if required. Frame backed with wood and sealed with tape.. Dimensions exclude the frame and slip.

Object Condition

Generally Good. No holes. A few pale stain specks. No stitch losses. Colours are mostly good and strong. the silks bright and glossy. No colour run. Stretching is slightly uneven, leading to some crumpling of the ground. Feint horizontal and vertical fold lines are visible along the centre of the sampler. Frame showing slight wear, otherwise sound.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:32.5 x H:51.1 x D:2 centimeters
  • year

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+44 (0)1245 425045
+44 7380 389890

Dealer Location

PO Box 12911

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