1860 Katharina Kirchner German Berlin wool work sampler

Katharina Kirchner finished her sampler in 1860, most likely in Germany or Bavaria. She used wool yarn with an accent of bronze colored metal beads on creamy linen fabric. The sampler measures 20-1/2″ wide by 21″ high. It has been backed with a piece of plain cotton muslin fabric which was hand-sewn all along the edges; it can easily be removed so that the sampler could be properly mounted (which would eliminate the wrinkles).

Multiple alphabets and borders decorate the upper 2/3 of the sampler. The lower third has the name and date, an anchor and flowers (embellished with metal beads), two women dressed in peasant costumes, a garden fountain and a string of rosary beads.

The condition is generally good. The wool colors are vibrant. There is some stitch loss and scattered small stains on the fabric, the beads are slightly loose. It’s a charming piece of schoolgirl embroidery.

The sampler is unframed and will be shipped rolled in acid-free paper in a tube.