This is a delightful antique Dutch cross stitch sampler, showing letters, birds, a milk maid and a typical Dutch house. It is stitched with multi-colored silk thread on open weave linen cloth. The sampler is dated 1821. It measures approximately 12 x 10 1/2 inches or 30.5 x 26.5 cm. The sampler is in good condition, considering its age.The colors have faded somewhat over the years, please compare the pictures of the front and back. I took the photos with a white background for more contrast of the muted colors of the silk thread and unbleached linen cloth. When framed, a white or off white background behind the sampler would probably be the best choice. The edges of the cloth are a bit raffled in a few places. It has one spot on it, near the bottom of the house, please see picture no. If you have any questions or would like more or larger pictures, please don't hesitate to contact me. I always try to respond to e-mails within 24 hours on weekdays. To add my store to your favorites. USA or any other country outside Europe. The item "1821 ANTIQUE DUTCH SILK ON LINEN CROSS STITCH NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER EMBROIDERY" is in sale since Friday, November 9, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Samplers". The seller is "antiquesamplershop2" and is located in Amsterdam. This item can be shipped worldwide.