1871 Elizabeth Lloyd house & trees sampler with velvet ribbon border

Dated February 15th 1871, Elizabeth Lloyd’s wool on canvas sampler was worked in England. A large cartouche sits atop a small castle and is surrounded by a variety of trees and flowering plants and baskets. The sampler is edged with a vibrant purple ribbon; it’s original to the piece and is a perfect color match to the purple wool used in the sampler, which has now faded to a periwinkle blue (see photos of the reverse).

Wool yarn was used throughout for the cross stitches on a fine, light tan double mesh canvas; the cartouche is edged with a row of herringbone stitches. The wool colors have held up well (except for the light blue, which was originally purple), and there is very little stitch loss. There are two quarter-coin-sized dark areas on the right side in the border, one of which has a tiny hole but the rest of the canvas is in very good condition with consistent color. The velvet ribbon was sewn by hand to the canvas edges; both the ribbon and canvas was clipped at the corners during an earlier framing, but proper mounting would make those flaws almost unnoticeable.

The sampler measures 19″ wide by 18-1/2″ high. It is unframed and will be shipped rolled in acid-free paper in a tube. Shipping is included in the price. A signature will be required at delivery.