In France, this type of sampler is called "abecedaire", as it is a child's work, learning both sewing and also the basics of reading. Usually done from early childhood, the samplers are often signed and dated, sometimes showing the age of the embroiderer, as well. We have only H. E. 1837 noted on this one and it's definitely a charm of age with its imperfections in the old hand loomed linen fabric, as you can see. You'll want to look over our images to note them all. While it's framed now in a later 1800s frame and is well protected under glass, it obviously was not framed its entire life and so does show some damage. Frankly, I find it all the more charming. The best part, however, is the palette used. Doesn't it remind you of the old Flemish tapestries with the blues and greens? Does me. It's one that just had to come home with me from recent buying trip. Perhaps it will win your heart, too.
Good to very good for age and type. As noted above and in our many images, there are holes in this old soft linen panel. Priced accordingly, it is now well protected in a frame that we'd date late 1800s, with old glass in place. Ready to hang, it's a fine piece of the past, and a remnant of a childhood nearly 180 years ago. Measurements are noted on our images, and it is 17" x 13.5" and .5" frame with an aperture showing 16.25" x 12.5" of embroidery.
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