Two (2) 19th Century Textiles, including Schoolgirl Sampler, Eagle Silk Embroidery. 1st item: Schoolgirl needlework sampler, possibly American, silk and wool threads on linen; cross, queen's, eyelet and box stitch, strawberry border dividing the field into a top section with 4 rows of Alphabet and lower section with pictorial motifs of bird on branch, basket of flowers, and girl playing with kitten. Signed in box stitch S.A.HARDAWAY and dated 1849. Later giltwood frame. 15" H x 13 1/2" W sight, 16 1/2" H x 15 1/4" W framed. 2nd item: Framed silk embroidery, possibly Chinese export for the American market, depicting an American eagle comprised of various colored silk and bullion threads. Eagle holds arrows in one claw and an American flag Federal shield in the other, flanked on each side by two crossed American flags with laurel branch below. All above a banner with the motto ''E Pluribus Unum''. Housed in a marbleized black frame. 21 5/8" H x 23 1/4" W. Late 19th century. Provenance: an East Tennessee estate. CONDITION: 1st item: Water staining to lower edge with 1/4" hole lower right near border, 1/2" hole to girl's dress, losses to wool threads, light overall discoloration to ground fabric. 2nd item: Scattered minute losses and some discoloration to background, eye of eagle not present. Overall scattered wear and abrasions to the frame.
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