c1840 Mexican birds and borders sampler

This small Mexican sampler dates from around 1840, and considering the intricacy of most samplers of this style I suspect it’s the work of a young stitcher. Satin stitches show off the shiny silk perle thread; the stitches are worked both horizontally and diagonally to great effect. Eyelet stitches with open center holes and backstitched border lines add texture. No name or date, but likely from southern Mexico.

The condition is very good with no stitch loss and no holes or other damage. There is a little discoloration around the single dark brown motif near the top center which is not unusual– the dye used for dark colors was extremely corrosive and often causes stitches to deteriorate, or to discolor the nearby background.

The visible embroidered area measures 9-1/4″ high by 12-3/4″ wide, with the frame measuring 10-1/4″ high by 13-3/4″ wide. The solid wood frame is attractive, accented with green paint and gilded edges and in good condition, ready to hang. The back has two metal eyelets with wire stretched between them for hanging.