Big Antique Sampler W Birds & Woman C 1840 Buskirk Chumley Estate Original Frame For SaleIMMEDIATE – PROFESSIONALLY PACKED – FULLY INSURED - SHIPPING Buyer pays actual cost of fully insured shipping, very safely packed. All Customs forms will state the actual selling price of items shipped internationally. Upon the untimely death of Gary Buskirk Chumley of Bloomington, Indiana this past December, all easily accessible history of this sampler was lost. Gary had the information in his head. However, as with most all the other antiques in the home, it descended through the Buskirk family. Therefore, we know it was created in either Indiana or Pennsylvania. While searching papers and family records, we became somewhat certain the schoolgirl’s name was “Sarah,” but it is a fact without clarity. The history of the family is easily available, both on the Internet as well as through the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington, Indiana.
That said, the sampler is unusually large, measuring:
Overall, including the original frame = 32 ¾” by 31 ¾” by slightly over 1” deep
Sampler on wood stretcher = 26 ½” by 25 ½”
I removed it from its frame and very lightly cleaned the frame, which revealed some subtle painted decoration on the inside bevel. It hung in an upstairs bedroom and had remained untouched and undisturbed for generations.
Geometric flowers, colorful birds facing off one another and the alphabet created three times, combined with a delightfully folksy, somewhat naïve rendering of a lady wearing a snood, makes this sampler many times more cheerful than your average, run-of-the-mill stitchery I normally come across. You’ll like it because it’ll make you smile.
Four layers of old brown paper fell away after I carefully slit it around the inner edges of the frame. None of it adhered to the frame, but remnants of two layers remain stuck to the stretcher. I did not even attempt to remove them. It should be done patiently since it is entirely possibly you may find a name or perhaps a date written in pencil on the wood. I sure hope you do.
At the end of the all caps alphabet, one sees the initials “S.B.,” the S stitched backwards. In my book, that’ a plus.
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3rd: I don’t usually clean, repair, or otherwise monkey around with anything. I push enough dust aside to expose any flaws, but if I discovered it in some dusty attic, you can look forward to a little dust on it when it gets to your house. If it has a flaw or a wart, I'll tell you about it.
So rest easy and have some fun.
Five square nails held the stretcher in the frame – none added – none missing. Since the glass, sampler and frame will each be packed separately prior to combining and shipping, I will include the original nails in a little bag. The brown paper seen above, fell off the frame without scraping or soaking. It seemed ready to leave.
The very bottom layer of paper, the one touching the stretcher pulled loose immediately and slid out from under the other layers. I checked it thoroughly for any writing. Nothing.
Next: 4 photos, one of each quadrant.
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