1842 Ann Garnett schoolgirl sampler
Dated October 1842 American sampler by Ann Garnett displays a classic symmetrical format and includes alphabets, borders, birds, trees and potted flowering plants. The verse reads “Though I am young yet I may die Before another day is gone. And, in the twinkling of an eye, Be call’d to stand before God’s throne.” Cross stitches are used throughout. Silk floss on fine linen which has darkened to a warm golden beige tone.
Sight area of the sampler is 13-1/2″ high by 12-1/8″ wide, with the lovely wide maple frame adding an additional 1-1/2 inches all around. Some colors have faded slightly, but the dominant greens are still rich and vibrant.
Condition is very good overall. A few spots of stitch loss are visible within the poem, most likely deterioration from the corrosive dark dye color. Two small pinholes in the ground fabric, one in the upper left border and another near the word “eye” in the poem.
The sampler has old fold lines through the middle that could be greatly improved by proper mounting. The embroidery was glued to the mounting board along the very outer edge but that glue has dried and the fabric is beginning to sag; it should come off easily and without any damage as much is already detached. The glass is missing and the outer backing board is held in place by tape.
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