Margaret Reid 1837
MARGARET REID 1837
Possibly Scottish, a very well-preserved sampler that was likely never framed. (There is an acquisition tag sewn to the edge but the source collection is unknown.)
An unusual, elaborate four-sided floral and leaf border surrounds a central reserve with a brief moral verse, Adam and Eve with a turquoise serpent under the tree of life, and many colorful floral, bird, and animal motifs are scattered about symmetrically including roosters, rabbits, parrots, peacocks, quail, stags, dogs, and two strange three-legged flying birds over the stags.
Stitches used in the sampler are cross, petit point, double running, satin, and stem. The illuminated initials at the top likely refer to her parents.
The inscription includes other family initials:
MARGARET REIDS JR
WORK AGED 13 ER JR
FINISHED JANY THE 19 1837
AR JM TCID MR EC
THE LOSS OF GOLD IS MUCH
THE LOSS OF TIME IS MORE
BUT THE LOSS OF CHRIST IS SUCH
AS NO MAN CAN RESTORE
The sampler measures 19″ x 17-1/2″