February Offerings...


“The gift is small
But love is all…”
~~Old Sampler Verse ~~

Antique Sampler ~ Farewell Vain World
  

 


Stunning, folky, early/mid-19th century sampler worked with fine wool and silk threads by an anonymous hand.  The upper section features a wonderful, large red flowering motif flanked by stags, wee dogs, fruit baskets and other flowering motifs.  A poignant verse is worked in the center and various floral and bird motifs fill the rest of the sampler.  A strawberry border surrounds the whole.  Worked on two pieces of linen that have been meticulously stitched together – so well done you barely notice it (see last photo).  The stitch work is fine with just a bit of thinning to some of the letters in the verse.  This is a darker linen and the condition is good. There are a few tiny dark specks and some small areas of wear around the edges.  My photos do not do this piece justice ~ it is so much better in person! Measures 17.75”w x 15.5”h.  This sampler has not been reproduced. Please click on images for a larger view!

Farewell Vain World Sampler ~ $395.00 + shipping

To order, please email me at pineberrylane@hotmail.com.

Antique Sampler ~ Sarah Iddison 1831
 
  


 
Early 19th century linen and fine wool-work sampler stitched by Sarah Iddison in 1831.  Sarah filled the top portion of her sampler with alphabets in cross, four-sided, and Algerian eyelet stitch, as well as a variety of border patterns, including a couple of wonderful strawberry borders.  Sarah worked the following information across the middle:

“Sarah Iddison Work in the Thirteenth Year of her Age April The Eighteenth 1831 Dishforth in Yorkshire I.E. Iddison.”

The bottom is filled with a fabulous variety of motifs including a fruit basket, folky man, lion, dog, squirrel, birds, flowers, and an unusual fish. When I bought this sampler, there was another for sale that I was not able to acquire.  It was stitched by Esther Iddison, presumed to be Sarah’s sister, and it features this same fish.

The linen is in good condition and the colors of the threads are slightly muted and really lovely.  It measures 16.5”w  x 17.5”h.  Please click on images for a larger view!

Sarah Iddison Sampler ~ $425.00 + shipping ~ Sold ~ thank you!

To order, please email me at pineberrylane@hotmail.com.

Antique Sampler ~ Catherine Frater 1840

      

  

This folky, little sampler is in rough shape around the edges, but thankfully the splendid Adam & Eve/tree of life motif is intact, as are the variety of flowers, fruit baskets, fir trees, peacocks and other birds.  Worked by Catherin Frater in 1840 when she was 12 years old.  Miss Frater worked her colorful sampler with fine wool and silk threads. The condition issues are obvious but the sampler is still charming and in need of a good home.  It measures 13”w x 17.5”h.  This sampler has not been reproduced. Please click on images for a larger view!

Catherine Frater Sampler ~ $85.00 + shipping ~ Sold ~ thank you!

To order, please email me at pineberrylane@hotmail.com.

Antique German Schoolgirl Sampler 1844

 

  

  

  

Please note that I had a difficult time capturing the actual color of the threads on this lovely, old sampler.  They are a pinkish-red, BEST REPRESENTED IN THE LAST photo. They are not as dark red as they appear in the first and some of the following photos.

This beautiful but faded German redwork schoolgirl sampler features row upon row of various alphabets, numerals, and border patterns.  At the bottom are the names “L. Reichenbach” and “A. Riedel” separated by a crown.  Below these is stitched “Zur Errinnerung anmeine Schul nel” which translates to “In memory of my school” or “As a reminder of my school”.  There is a little gazebo, the date “1844” and a pretty vine.  More numerals and a crown complete the work.  There are condition issues including quite a bit of thread loss, thin spots on the linen on the upper section and some darned mends. Please enlarge the photos so you can see for yourelf.  Despite its age-related imperfections, it is a sweet old sampler that measures 15.5”w x 20”h. Please click on images for a larger view!

Antique German Schoolgirl Sampler ~ $95.00 + shipping ~ Sold ~ thank you!

To order, please email me at pineberrylane@hotmail.com.

Happy Valentine's Day from me to thee!