Found at a local estate with many lovely old things, this beautiful paper sampler is exceptional. The embroidery is elaborate and finely done. The motto is embellished with large red flowers, perhaps poppies, and green vines.
Samplers like this one were often worked by wounded soldiers, recovering from their wounds in hospital. This is certainly from the time of WWI and could easily have been one of those done as occupational therapy during the War.
There is a handwritten translation on the back, in 19th Century script. It reads:
Gods Blessings on this house.
Where there is belief there is love.
Where there is peace there is blessing.
Where there is love there is peace.
Where there is God there is blessing.
Where God is there is no want.
The opening in the frame measures 20 ¾ x approximately 11 ¾ high.
The frame is gesso over wood with gilding and fancy scroll work. It is 1 wide on all sides. The glass is the original wavy glass with bubbles. The wooden back is also original.
Beautiful antique condition. Again, all original. The sampler is beautifully preserved with no rips, tears, missing pieces or discoloration. It is evenly toned. There is some plaster loss at the corners. Also, please expect minor paint loss at the corners and sides. This is almost always the case with gold frames. However, the front of the frame is in very good condition. Just a great find for anyone who collects antique mottos.
When packed for safe shipping, this item will weigh 6-7 pounds.