The lower section of the linen is stitched with the following verse which has a flower basket on the left side, a floral motif on the right and Mary Ann's name and the date of November 11th 1814 to finish. If good we plant, not vice will fill the mind. And weeds despoil the space for flowers design'd. The human heart ne'er knows a state of rest.
Bad lends to worse and better leads to best. We either gain or lose, we sink or rise. Nor rest our struggling nature till she dies. Mary Ann Clarke November 11th. T he linen has overall discolouration consistent with its age, quite dark but paler in the corners.There are also a few small scattered dark stains and some very small areas of damage. The sampler is behind glass so I'm not able to see the reverse, but the colours of the silks appear good though they are likely to have mellowed to some extent over the years. There is some bleeding to the stitch work of the writing and less so elsewhere.
The sampler is contained within a mid 19th century bird's eye maple frame with gilt slip. The frame has a good rich colour with some areas of old veneer loss and scratches and scuff marks commensurate with its age. The last photo is of the back of the frame and shows a backing paper.
Which is quite badly damaged. 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 VERSE & ALPHABET SAMPLER BY MARY ANN CLARKE 1814" is in sale since Wednesday, July 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Samplers". The seller is "cockleheart" and is located in Sowerby Bridge.
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