1840 Mourning Needlework Sampler

November 16, 2010

Dating from seven years ahead of the previous sampler, this English piece from 1840 has motifs that are more common with the sentimental type of its time. More unique is the dedication to three people on the same sampler, which makes this a family history piece as well as a dedication. The three children whom the dedications are written for are one year, one year and seven months respectively.

1840 Needlework Mourning SamplerEach is a different infant mortality within the family, with the sampler being dated twenty years after the death of the last child. The simplicity of the piece in its use of two colours and geometric, angular column / urn shapes display this piece as being very bold in its design.

Courtesy: Barbara Robbins
Dedication:

John Fisher Rimington their son Died July 5 1811 at Long Bennington Aged 1 Day

Hugh Rimington their son Died October 20 1820 at Coddington in the County of Nottinham Aged 7 months

Robert Rimington Son of Thomas and Sarah Rimington of Long Bennington in the county of Lincoln Died June 11 1810, Aged 1 Day

“This thought shall stop the falling tear
For you a God was crucified
Ye fell in peace my children dear
In pangs your great Redeemer died

That thus ye Tell I’ll praise that God
To Whom no prayer is breath’d in vain
You felt no proud Oppressors rod
Nor haughty Tyrant’s galling chain.”

Thomas Rimington
Sarah Rimington Bechingham, 1840

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