Three (3) schoolgirl needlework samplers, American or English, all framed under glass. 1st item: Folky "Adam and Eve" sampler in cross stitch, wool on linen, with a flower/berry border and various pictorial motifs surrounding Adam, Eve, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, signed Ellen Williams, age 8 and dated 1850. Float mounted on a beige background in a wood frame. Sight – 16 1/2" H x 9" W. Framed – 20" H x 11 1/2" W. 2nd item: Alphabetical and numerical sampler in cross and eyelet stitch, silk on linen, with pictorial motifs and family initials at bottom row; signed by Mary Upton and dated January 29th 1800, age 7. Housed in a wooden frame with gilt rabbet edge. Sight – 10" H x 9" W. Framed – 12 1/2" H x 11 1/2" W. 3rd item: Alphabetical and numerical sampler with geometric bands at top in cross stitch and zig zag stitch, silk on linen, signed by Mary Feild – possible misspelling of Mary Field – and dated 1825. Housed in a wooden frame with silver gilt rabbet edge. Sight – 17" H x 11" W. Framed – 19" H x 13" W. Provenance: Private collection, acquired many years ago in Georgia. CONDITION: 1st item: Later framing; small dark stains and minor losses to outermost edges, likely from where sampler was originally nailed or tacked into a frame; light spots indicate some possible thread loss to leaves/berries of border; staining or thread bleed to signature area; light toning and fading. Some tears to mat. 2nd item: Even toning and fading. Not removed from frame. 3rd item: Even toning and fading. Sampler is not glued down.
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