A Victorian Needlework Sampler
browse these categories for related items...
All Items: Archives:Decorative Art: Pre 1900: item # 488931
Arlene Noble Antiques
Montclair, New jersey
973 473- 5745
A charming Victorian sampler, 19th century done by Sarah Green and dated 1878. Beautiful stitches and the subject matter is very desirable, the condition is excellent.
This sampler is worked in brightly colored threads and there are a variety of stitches. it measures 16 1/2 by 17. It It is full of desirable subjects showing the alphabet, figures of birds, horses, houses, flowers. All the things the sampler collector looks for.
The verse reads:
O God my father and my friend
Ever thy blessings to me send
Let me have virtue for my guide
And wisdom always on my side.
Samplers served many purposes in the 19th century. for a child they were a permanent reminder of stitches and patterns. for the young woman they were a means to demonstrate skills in the "gentle" art of needlework and to record family genealogy. For the mature woman they were a useful occupation and a way of creating gifts. Schools for young women prided themselves on the needlework skills they taught. I always think of the Henry James novel The Heiress, where the main character has few other accomplishments, and sits sewing while the man she has spurned pounds on the door.
for the sampler collector this one is a treat.