MARTHA DENBY 1769

Martha Denby

This is a very unusual English sampler, extremely finely worked, but with considerable losses. Nonetheless it is a fascinating study piece. Many astonishing sections remain in reasonably good condition. It begins with five rows of alphabets done in eyelet, cross and counted satin stitches. The thread count approaches 60. The next section is a horizontal carnation band with what appears to be metallic thread highlights. This is followed by a traditional verse ("Next Unto God Dear Parents I address...")

Below the verse are more beautiful horizontal pattern bands. A unique "crossword" sort of design contains sets of initials again with what appears to be metallic thread highlights. After more floral pattern bands executed in satin and eyelet stitches, is a verse from Psalms. Unframed, quite worn but still very beautiful, 6" x 27-1/2".

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