H&H Auctions in Carlisle on 28 June. I rather fell in love with this pair of items - a Georgian pincushion reputedly made to celebrate the birth of Frances Elizabeth Reynolds together with an associated miniature sampler, circa 1820s. The lot number is 134 and the estimate is £50-£80
It is a great pleasure to see samplers and needlework for auction photographed with respect - and the right way up! Here is lot 110 - an early Victorian elegant mansion needlework sampler by Isabella Brown, finished at Mrs Fisher`s school Octr 26th 1847, in cotton and wool with central house motif flanked by prancing deer, alphabet wrapped to the reverse and decorative Algerian eyelet stitch, framed under glass, 26 cm x 40 cm. It has an estimate of £60-£80.
The sampler above is lot 120 and is an early Victorian religious sampler by Elizabeth Edwards, aged 9 dated 1830. It has a central Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge flanked by angels and surrounded by motifs of flowers, birds, hearts and figures within a running foliate border, framed and mounted under glass, 38 cm x 28 cm. Estimate is £100 to £150
Above is lot 127 by Martha Ritsons `finished Nover 2 in the 11th year of her age in the year of our Lord 1839 at Flimby School with B. I. Wilkinfon Governeff. The sampler features the ships: `Leopard` and `Lady Mary` and further motifs including birds, trees and flowers within a running honeysuckle border, in a period frame under glass it measures 64 cm x 45 cm and comes with an estimate of £300-£400.
Lot 112 is typically Scottish with its bands of forebear's initials, Holbein stitch embellished alphabet, house in park and distinctive vase of lowers. The house also entertains Adam and Eve squeezed onto the patio. Framed and mounted under glass, it measures 43 cm x 30 cm and has an estimate of £80 to £120.
Last but not least is lot 119 - a mid Victorian orphanage alphabet sampler by Marie Mymex [?] dated 1864 in rose, with decorative bands and running wave border, in period frame under glass, 47 cm x 45 cm. The estimate for this sampler is £100 to £200.
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