Friday, March 05, 2010

An Antique Scottish Sampler

Found a lovely and obviously very old Scottish sampler at auction the other day. From the format, I would judge that it was made in the early 1800s, and by a very young girl at that. There is, sadly, no date on this one, but close examination reveals the name Mary Young, of Ayr and there are also other initials, perhaps her parents and siblings. There is a flowering tree, in the typically Scots 'strawberry' pattern and a number of birds including robins, as well as some small, but rather stately looking homes. The whole thing is faded but charming and when you think that this is a piece of needlework which may have survived for almost 200 years, and perhaps dates from a time when this cottage where we are living was actually under construction - well, it becomes all the more marvellous. Part of the reason why I love textiles so much - such an intimate connection with the past!


Scottish Nanna said...

Hi Catherine It is lovely all that nice stitching in it They did some nice samplers in those days you can just picture the little girl sitting there by the fire place on A cold winters night sewing away.
Hugs Mary.

Erna said...

Oh Catherine what a lovely sampler,you made me the most jealous woman from Holland today

Catherine Czerkawska said...

It's really charming, isn't it? But I always want to know about the whole family - who they were, where they lived, and what happened to them!