Needlework Marking Sampler Wrought by Hannah Meserve, Newmarket, NH
With Her Reticule, 1820s
Four neatly compartmentalized alphabets above 12-year old Hannah’s signature lines centered by vertical sawtooth borders. (Excellent condition; 23 X 9”)
Needlework Sampler; Wrought by Sara A. Davis, Likely Maine
Sara A. Davis/Her Sampler
The silk on linen sampler having alphabets stitched above flowers and a flying bird.
Silk on linen (Frame: 17.75 x 9"; view: 16.25 x 17.25")
Ann Greely Family Record Sampler,
Portland, Maine, dated 1818, Silk on Linen
Ann Matilda Greely stitched an incredibly detailed family record sampler when she was just ten years old while attending Elizabeth Hussey's school in Portland, Maine.
(Fine condition; frame: 20 x 23.5”, 20 1/2" x 17" sight size.)
Rare Large Indiana Sampler,
Jane Mercer, Switzerland County Indiana 1840
Silk on linen; 22” x 19 ½” framed
This very graphic work features a dominate center-chimney house, birds and a beautifully composed poignant verse by a Jefferson City, Virginia poet published in The Knickerbocker/New York Monthly Magazine Volume 9 in 1837.
Jane at age 25 (born circa 1815) worked this sampler under the instruction of Caroline Henderson age 33 (born 1807). In 1846 Jane married Joseph Rutherford (born circa1815), they had two sons. The 1850 census finds Jane and Caroline living just three houses apart in Jefferson Township. From census information it appears that the two women lived their lives near each other. In the 1860 census Caroline was a widow with four children working as a school teacher and the 1880 census finds Jane Mercer Rutherford as head of household with two children, one a student, the other a farmer.
17th Century Tent Stich Embroidery,
QUEEN of SHEBA visiting KING SOLOMON
English, Circa 1660
Silk, pearls, braids and metallic thread on linen; 16 1/8" x 20 1/4" framed - SOLD
This fine tent-stitch picture depicts the Queen of Sheba (now the country of Yemen) visiting King Solomon: circa 1000 BCE and was worked in England around 1660. Executed with variety of colored silk threads in extremely fine tent-stitch; selvedge features twisted metallic thread…the piece is representative of the finest needlework of the period. According to the Bible, the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon: in Jerusalem to observe the splendor of his new temple and test his famed wisdom with hard philosophical questions and riddles. During Solomon’s reign this type of quizzing was fashionable entertainment among the elite. Solomon: was known as the great solver of riddles and it is likely that the Queen of Sheba also shared his passion.
(Generally excellent condition, couple small losses at extreme edges)
324-46 - SOLD
Needlework, House Sampler,
Mary Brown, Pennsylvania, Dated 1812
Silk on linen; 19 ¾” x 20” framed
Mary was a 10-year-old schoolgirl when she worked this impressive house sampler. She included a large brick center-hall house flanked with paired birds, trees, and various flowering motifs and a verse of encouragement for progressive young ladies that still rings true today. “Virtue and wit with science join-d/ Refine the manners form the mind/ And when with industry they meet/ The female character’s complete.”
Unique Needlework Sampler, Mourning,
Lucy Maria French, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1807
A fine and rare silk on linen; 21” x 17” sight
Lucy stitched this unusual stylized sampler while attending Miss Word’s School in Portsmouth, NH. She included a large urn in the center memorizing Misses Sarah and Ann French. She also included two verses, vertical alphabets and angled lettering in her inscription. Also, a basket containing a rose centered by a festoon vine, berries and flowers above the cenotaph memorializing Sarah and Ann French; [d. 1795 and 1802] …the monument flanked by willow trees, all within a neatly wrought border.
Bandana, Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, 4th July 1776
Large format printed cotton kerchief, after Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence" painting; plus the signers. See Threads of History – Americana Recorded on Cloth by Herbert Ridgeway Collins, page 200, plate 418.
(Minor top and bottom fraying, selvedge fine; two tiny tears, else as shown; 30 by 33”)
Sampler, Embroidered Needlework, Massachusetts
House Sampler, Animals, People, Birds, Verse
Elizabeth Walker, Barre, Massachusetts, August 6 1808
Lovely, neatly wrought; good color and clean
This item just in, more information to follow, please call if interested - SOLD
(Frame: 20.25 by 20.25"; view: 17.25 by 17.25")
593-61 - SOLD
Sampler, Marking Sampler, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Alphabets, Numerals, Verse
Eliza Robbins / Aged 10 Years / October 14, 1833
Bethlehem / July 31 / 1823
(Fading, light water stain at mid right edge; modern frame: 19.25 by 18.25", sight-size: 17.5 by 16.5")
Pair of Sisters Samplers, Granville, Massachusetts
$625 for the pair
Needlework, Sampler, Martia M. Hoisington
Granville, Hampden, Massachusetts, 1824
Silk on linen
Marcia Maria Hoisington
Birth: 23 Jul 1812, Suffield, CT
(Dimensions: 16.75 by 10.5")
Needlework, Sampler, Laura C. Hoisington
Granville, Hampden, Massachusetts, 1824
Silk on linen
Laura C Hoisington
Birth: 13 Sep 1815, Granville, MA
(Dimensions: 16.5 by 9")
Embroideries, Silk, Pair, Oval, Boy and Girl with Cat and Dog in Landscape
Anonymous, Probably English, Circa 1800
(Some toning, limited to edges (sky area); not examined out of frames; mounted within pressed brass and wood frames of the period measuring 6.5 by 5.25", sight-size: 4.75 by 5")
Embroidery, Silk on Silk Floral Needlework
19th Century American polychrome needlework in excellent condition
Dimensions: 28.25 by 24-inches.
Embroidery, Bird Central Motif
Mid 19th C.
Charming cental motif bird on oak branch, surrounded by several sampler designs.
In early black reeded frame; minor damage in the left bottom corner.
(Frame: 13.75 by 13.75"; view: 11.75 by 11.75")
Needlework, Sampler, Minerva Beach, Aged 8 Years
Litchfield, Connecticut, 1807, Family History Available
Silk on linen, in lemon gold frame, darned in a number of spots.
(Dimensions: 12.25 by 11.75" frame, 10.75 by 10.5" sight-size)
Marking Sampler, Polly White, Salem, 18th Century
A little girls marking sampler
(New Frame: 8.5 by 8”, sight-size: 7.5 by 7”)
Stain upper right corner, initials CMY and AFA.
(Frame: 11.25 by 9”, sight-size: 8.5 by 6.75”)
Silkwork, Printwork, Oval, Embroidery
Some missing areas top right.
(Frame: 7.5 by 6.25”, sight-size: 5 by 3.75”)
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Embroidery, Silk on Linen Canvas-work, Shepherdess Seated in Landscape
England, circa 1740; possibly earlier
Satin floss worked with silk threads worked in a fine variety of stitches - SOLD
The seated shepherdess holds a crook in one hand, a flower in the other; she is centered by flora and fauna including birds, snail, her dog; sheep, flowers, trees, and a sun-face dipping below clouds. The work is sealed within a japanned fame having the collectors’ label of Ria Ponsonby (born Victoria Lily Hegan Kennard [1874-1955], daughter of Colonel Hegan Kennard) who married Frederick Ponsonby, 1st Baron Synsonby 17 May, 1899. Ponsonby was private secretary to Queen Victoria and later Edward VII. (The work is in very good condition; some scattered gesso loss to gilt frame liner. Frame: 15 by 12”, sight-size: 12.5 by 9.5”)
1032-124 - SOLD
Needlework Sampler, Townsend, Massachusetts, Wrought 1824, Lucy Pierce
Aged 11 Years, Born October 15 – 1813 - SOLD
Marking sampler, 3 alphabets, fruited plant centered by basket of flowers and stylized tree; Frame: 14.25 by 10.75"; view: 13.25 by 9.75".
1032-53 - SOLD
Seventeenth Century English Needlework, Embroidered Sampler, Fine and Clean
Wrought by MB, 1658, Silk Floss on Linen - SOLD
(Frame: 34 by 8”)
1136-2 - SOLD
Needlework Sampler, Marking Sampler and Family Record, Mitchel
Danvers, Massachusetts, Wrought by Rebecca Mitchel, 1818, Aged 12
Neatly wrought border, alphabets, family record and verse - SOLD
(Generally very good with no holes; staining at top left; minor stain at bottom left, else fine; frame: 23.5 by 23.5"; view: 16.25 by 16.25")
1104-2 - SOLD
Embroidery, Silk Embroidery on Laid Paper, Girl with Birds, Treed Landscape
Anonymous, 18th or Early 19th Century
A charming young ladies effort - SOLD
(Good condition; mounted within period painted frame; frame: 10.75 by 9", sight-size: 8.5 by 6.75")
1032-127 - SOLD
Needlework, Sampler, Polly Howard, Age 12
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, 1799
Silk on green linsey, some losses to silk - SOLD
Polly's family history is written on the back of the frame.
The border was torn and could not be framed; fortunately much was saved.
Polly Howard Aged Twelve 1799
How Blest The Maid Whom Circling / Years Improve Her God The
Object Of Her Warmest Love Whose Useful Hours / Successive As
They Glide The Book The / Needle And The Pen Divide
(Dimensions: 11 by 11" frame, 9.75 by 9.75" sight-size)
1032-137 - SOLD
Needlework, Sampler, Ann Elliott
Worked in the 12th Year of her Age, 1803
New England, possibly New Hampshire
Silk on linen - SOLD
This marking sampler-embroidery featuring double alphabet and numerals, above two baskets of flowers and birds centering a young girl holding a flower spray, all within floral border. The work remains in good condition with only minor thread loss and one small hole at the foot of basket on right. (Frame: 18.5 x 17.75 inches; view: 16.75 x 16.25 inches)
274-109 - SOLD
Woolwork Picture, American Sailor's Woolie, Wooly [sic], American Flags
Mid 19th Century
Underway in rough sea - SOLD
An exceedingly rare skillfully wrought needlework design featuring a port side view of an American ship under sail flying her colors, and a red, white, and blue banner flutters from her main mast. The work is mounted within original molded and gilt frame; original backboards. In generally excellent condition other than some overall fading. (Frame: 20 by 24.75"; view: 17 by 22")
935-3 - SOLD
Samplers, Pair, Done by Sisters
1817 - SOLD
Almira, age 14, and Eveline, age 13, worked these samplers in Worcester County in 1817.
The sisters were born in West Bolyston, MA (genealogy available).
They are worked with silk on linen.
Dimensions: 11.5 by 10" frames, 10 by 8.5" sight-sizes.
1032-25 - SOLD
Applique and Embroidery Still Life, Fruits and Birds
19th Century - SOLD
Birds, baskets of cherries and strawberries; grapes, pineapple, melon and other fruits worked in cut and applied wool with embroidered detail. (The period frame measures 23 by 19.25"; view: 20.5 by 16.75")
384-48 - SOLD
Needlework, The Story of Abraham
18th Century English Canvas Work
Wool on canvas - SOLD
This anonymous work is most likely copied form a print source and tells the story of Abraham. He is depicted in the center with Hagar, his wife's handmaiden, by who he fathered the child Ishmael (Sarah's idea) who she is holding by the hand. Sarah, his wife, standing under the tent holding her son Isaac by the hand, waves them aside. Banished to the desert Hagar is seen praying while Ishmael sleeps, and the angel of the Lord points to a well.
The scene includes numerous 17th century emblematic birds and insects. A pond with fish and birds and the ubiquitous castle complete the image.
(16.75 by 20.75" sight-size, 22.5 by 26.5" frame)
324-44 - SOLD
Betsy Evans Needlework - SOLD
Nautical theme sampler worked in wool by Betsy Evans in 1858 at age 16. Overall condition is excellent.
Dimensions: Sight size 19 by 23-inches.
637-80 - SOLD
Silk Embroidery, Shepherd and Shepherdess and Lady
Worked by Rebecca Green Butler
Connecticut, Circa 1800 to 1810 - SOLD
Silk on silk embroidery worked using a wide variety of stitches. Although the faces are worn the needlework is exquisite.
Dimensions: 16 by 17-inch sight size, add 2.5-inches for frame.
903-4 - SOLD