SOLD A.E. Farnsworth's 1878 Linen Mending and Darning Schoolwork Sampler in Red

Regular price $85.00

It's hard to tell scale from photos, I know, but the red darned square on this small 1878 schoolgirl sewing sampler is as precise as any I've ever seen--the stitches are teeny teeny teeny tiny, and it's really a beautiful thing. I tend to prefer these sewing skill samplers, practicing mending and darning and seam-work, etc. to alphabet samplers (except of the very unusual variety) as these feel so crisp and contemporary; so often white on white and all about line and form and composition. I purchased this and another I'm listing from a seller in England, where they originated, both I think really lovely examples, of just the sort I look for,  like minimalist drawings but better for being textiles, and perfect for framing.

8 5/8" x  8 8 /16" and in good antique condition. One small patch of toning (spotting) at lower left corner, and light toning along old fold lines, somewhat more pronounced in photos than in hand.