What is in thy mind let no one know. Nor to thy frend no secret show. For when thy frend becomes thy fow.Then all the world thy mind must no. This work I've done that you may see. What care my parents took of me.
And when I'm dead and in my grave. This work I've don that you may have.
My willing soul would stay in such a frame as this. And sit and sing herself away to ever lasting bliss. The verse has a floral motif, flower baskets and tulip on the left side and a floral urn, tulips, and flower basket with birds to the right. The middle section of the linen is stitched with two shaped plaques containing Sarah's details, those of her school and the dates of August the 16th and 22nd 1826 - Sarah Whitworth. The plaques have a leaf motif above and below where they are joined and one on each of the outer lower edges.There is candelabra to the upper right of the right side plaque with a bird and two floral motifs nearby. The lower section of the linen is stitched to the left side with a building which could either be a house or a school with a tree and floral motif on each side. There is a bird standing above the building with a cherub hovering to his left and right a flower and star motif over them and a rose basket to the side of the cherub on the right. There is a flower basket to the right side of the building with a fruit tree to its side which has a floral motif and flower basket beneath its branches. The bottom edge of the linen is stitched with a row of motifs - trees, flowers, a lion, a dog, a bird, tulips and a flower basket. The top edge is then stitched with a floral border whilst the other three are stitched with a deep triangulated long stitch border. The linen has overall discolouration consistent with its age, darker around the edges and the upper section containing the verse.
This appears to be a combination of bleeding to some of the stitch work and blackening from being hung over a fireplace for many years. There is a faint patch of water staining along the bottom edge.
The sampler is behind glass so I'm not able to see the reverse, but the colours of the silks appear good though the are likely to have mellowed to some extent over the years, The sampler is contained within its seemingly original hand carved ebonised frame which is in good condition with some small losses, scratches and scuff marks commensurate with its age. The last photo is of the reverse of the frame and show how the backing board has been secured with four screws at some point of time. I have also replaced the hanging cord as the original string was in poor condition. " x 19" (sight size) and 17.PLEASE NOTE - ANY MARKS ETC ON THE PHOTOS WHICH I'VE NOT ALREADY MENTIONED ARE FROM THE GLARE AND REFLECTION OF THE GLASS AND NOT ON THE SAMPLER ITSELF. The item "EARLY 19TH CENTURY MOTIF & VERSE SCHOOL SAMPLER BY SARAH WHITWORTH 1826" is in sale since Tuesday, July 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Samplers". The seller is "cockleheart" and is located in Sowerby Bridge. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia.