213 Year Old Cross Stitch Sampler. 1799, 1700s 18th Century, American Folk Art
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213 Year Old Cross Stitch Sampler. 1799, 1700s 18th Century, American Folk Art:
Hello and thanks for looking.
What I have to show you today is a beautiful piece of American folk art, a two hundred and thirteen year old cross stitch sampler, or as I prefer to think of it, a two hundred and thirteen year old piece of American history.
As with all my sale the bad news will be up front.
The piece is stained in several spots, most noticeably at the bottom center left and at several other places where red thread was used. The pictures are fairly representative I feel. The fabric has frayed immediately under the letter "E" on the top line and to a somewhat lesser extent next to the "9" on the 4th line.
I have been told the staining is caused by iron used in the red thread's pigment rusting. (If someone who knows more about these things emails me otherwise than I shall add corrected information to the description).
The piece itself measures eight and a half inches (8.5") wide by seven and a half (7.5") inches long although it is very likely to be a square piece as I can see it has been folded to fit the frame at the bottom. As to the frame itself, it is wooden with what seems to be a brass edging. The glass is imperfect with some tiny dimples and imperfections which leads me to think it is also very old. The nails are certainly very old. I can say for certain based on what a family member has told me that it has been in the frame for as long as he has been alive so that is 52 years at least.
Let me stress that I have notremoved it from the frame or attempted to clean it in any way, I do not have the skills to clean it and am not stupid enough to try. I recommend that be left to a professional. On that subject I don't know if the stains can be removed professionally or not and suggest if you will be offerding on this talk to a preservation and conservation specialist first.
It certainly does show its age but I would like to point out that at 213 years old, look so good you will not.
To put it's age into perspective in 1799:
British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduces an income tax of two shillings to the pound to raise funds for Great Britain's war effort in the Napoleonic Wars.Napoleon captures Jaffa in Palestine and his troops proceed to kill more than 2,000 Albanian captives.New York passes a law aimed at gradually abolishing slavery in the state.In the Egyptian port city of Rosetta, French Captain Pierre Bouchard finds the Rosetta Stone.At Aboukir in Egypt, Napoleon defeats 10,000 Ottoman Mamluk troops under Mustafa Pasha.HMS Lutine (1779) (a famous treasure wreck) is sunk in the West Frisian Islands.November 9 (18 Brumaire) – Napoleon overthrows the French Directory in a coup d'état.George Washington, the first President of the United States, dies at Mount Vernon, Virginia.Eli Whitney, holding a 1798 United States government contract for the manufacture of muskets, is introduced by Oliver Wolcott, Jr. to the French concept of interchangeable parts, an origin of the American system of manufacturing.
The sampler is signed (in cross stitch) "Sally Meriam Charlton".
I acquired the piece through a family member. My brother in law is downsizing his possessions and this is one of the items he asked me to sell. It has been in the family for the full 213 years as Sally (formally named Sarah) Meriam Charlton was his great, great, great grandmother.
We are not 100% sure where she was living at this time but we think it was in Massachusetts.
The sampler will be shipped in a USPS Large Flat Rate box at $30 which includes insurance. informs me to include insurance in my handling fees but as I have no idea how much this piece will sell for I have no idea how much I should charge for it so I will charge $14 extra and should it be much lower I will refund the balance. If this is a problem feel free to take it up with . We accept PAYPAL only. Payment (or contact regarding payment) is expected within 48 hours of the end of the sale. If you have any questions or concerns, please email prior to offerding!