1886 Mourning Needlework Sampler

December 21, 2010

1886 Mourning Needlework SamplerThe open weave of this piece and the bold type make it very plain in its way, but it follows its form well with the frame. Simplicity becomes more and more common as the samplers evolve, as can be seen in the earlier, more elaborate pieces with full memorial scenes. This favours a simple symbol and text.

Courtesy: Barbara Robbins
Year: May 18th 1886
Dedication:

In Loving Memory of John Smith Who died May 18th 1886
Aged nine years and one month

Not Gone From Memory
Not Gone From Love
But Gone To His Father’s
Home Above.

He is not dead but sleepeth near

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