Antique Scottish Sampler, 1840, by Mary & Christian


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Object Description

Antique Scottish Sampler, 1840, by Mary & Christian ???loway. The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in cross stitch throughout. Meandering strawberry border. Colours red, light brown, dark brown, silver, black, green and gold. Alphabets A-Z in upper case and lower case, numbers 1-14, and family initials. Inscription reads, ‘Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of Life, I have done this to Let you see What care my parents took of me.’ And, ‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity.’. Signed and dated ‘Mary, and Christian ???loway. Green Side School. 2nd November 1840’. A good set of motifs, some finely embroidered, including a house with a garden, dogs, birds, rabbits, fruit baskets, crowns, potted flowering plants and fir trees. Framed in an old, possibly original, rosewood frame with glass. Mounting: The sampler is stitched to linen. Frame backed with chipboard and sealed with tape. This sampler is unusual in that it appears to have been stitched by two siblings, working on it together. Dimensions exclude the frame and slip.

Object Condition

Good. A few small holes. A few stains. No stitch losses other than to the holed areas. The surname on the signature is hard to make out, but is probably Galloway or Calloway. Colours are mostly good and strong with no noticeable fading.

Object Details

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1245 425045
+44 7380 389890

Dealer Location

PO Box 12911

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