1856 Dutch or German Alphabet & Border sampler by “PL”
This attractive small sampler dated 1856 is most likely of German or Dutch origin. It was stitched with wool on off-white homespun linen that features red and beige lines woven into the fabric (the color of the fabric is a little more creamy than the photos may appear). The colors of the wool have remained true and bright (the very last photo shows the reverse side) although there is some thread loss, mostly in the rose-pink horizontal borders on the right side.
The sampler measures 15-inches wide by 14-1/2-inches high. The initials “PL” are just to the left of the 1856 date. The alphabets and borders are typical of those found in the tiny booklets of that era published by “Sajou” and other companies.
In very good condition– there are no holes or damage beyond some thread loss, the fabric is strong and supple and the yarn colors have not faded. It’s a very nice example of a 19th century motif sampler to add to your collection. SOLD