I don't often visit Etsy. It is just too easy to find things to buy so usually I avoid it. I'm not sure how I ended up there a few weeks ago, but I found this wonderful sampler that I decided I couldn't live without :) It is just a little shy of being 12"x16". It is unframed and backed with a piece of fabric. The linen is very fine and feels so soft and worn. It is predominantly cross stitch with the large blue alphabet and initials done in the eyelet stitch.
The verse reads,
"This give a lite to every one
It gives but borrows none
When this you see remember me
When I am dead and gone"
It is dated 1827 and initialed EAP, aged 14. You can see a large repair under the date. There are a few smaller repairs and a few missing stitches. All in all, I consider it in very good shape for its age and I'm so happy I stumbled upon it!
I am a bit confused about the letter "J" in samplers. I know the letter J was one of the last letters to be added to our alphabet. I am not sure when it became commonly used. It is present in this sampler, yet I have another redwork sampler dated 1892 that does not have the J. Can anyone shed any light on this?
As always, thanks so much for stopping by.
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