Condition: Excellent, appears to have originally not been framed
Additional Information: In extremely few cases were both sexes participating in
knitting, sewing, and sampler-making instruction. Master Lincoln wrought five alphabets
and “George Washington Born Feb. 22 . 1732 .” above verse and his identifying
line…beneath is found stitched vignettes. Pinned to the sampler was found a note in
nineteenth century script: “Worked by my brother George and given to me by my Mother
10 yrs before her death. Marg.”
Dolly worked this classic Middletown, Connecticut, sampler in the 11th year of her age.
The solidly worked bottom panel depicts prominent buildings and fruited trees in
Middletown. She included a beautiful gentle verse and the most popular verse known on
samplers. A floral border surmounts the triple alphabet registers; the work centered by
strawberry borders. She was the youngest of six children born to David Cornwell and
Grace Johnson. She married Jared Cotton and died at the young age of 22. (Very good
condition, strong color,19 ½" x 18 ½" archivally framed.)
The work remains in very good condition and is tacked to wooden board; small area of
thread loss to her dress centered between stomacher and central scalloped decorative
band; tiny amount of thread loss to his shoes…all else fine. The work is mounted within
an early 19th century walnut frame.
(View: 21.5 by 25.5-inches; overall: 24.25 by 28.25-inches)
This little needlework picture shows the balloon carrying Jean Blanchard and Dr. John
Jeffries departing the English coast for Calais, January 10, 1785. Dover Castle and
White Cliffs on the left, with a crowd gathered to watch the departure.
After a picture painted by T. Rowlandson that was engraved by W. Birch; published
August 1, 1789 by Wm. Birch, Hampstead Heath & sold by T. Thornton, Southampton
Street. Covent Garden, London. There are a few splits in upper left of silk, else fine;
frame: 8.75" x 7.5"; view: 4.75" x 3.25".
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)
Meandering floral border typical of New Hampshire; undulating leafy vine displaying lush flowers predominantly wrought it shades of blue.
(The view area is 16.25” square; there is a stain just above “Family Record” else fine. We have not examined to work out of frame)
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”)
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.”
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)
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)
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")
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.
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")
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)
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
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