May Angels Guard 1880

May Angels Guard The One I Love 1880

The stitched area is 7.25" wide x 8.75" high. The fabric size is 8.25" w x 9.5" h. The design was worked with silk thread. The stitches used were Cross stitch, Pulled Satin stitch and Rice stitch. The sampler has 24-26 Cross stitches per inch, worked over two threads, on a heavy unevenweave cotton fabric. All four edges are turned under and stitched down.

The motifs stitched in this sampler were slightly less common than those seen in other multicolored Bristol samplers. The familiar motifs are Dash the dog, the Bristol bird and the Bible. The anchors at the bottom of the sampler represent hope. The JOY wreath at the bottom and the Bible lily and basket motifs at the top are not typical.

The words at the bottom - May angels guard the one I love - are unusual especially in an orphan sampler.

This sampler is in the collection of Claudia Dutcher Kistler.

Orphan Story

We don't know the stitcher of this sampler because it is not signed or dated, but it does have a story. The sampler was purchased in England and then mailed to America. It was lost in the mail for 8 months. It disappeared from tracking and no one could trace where it went. Hope was lost that it would be seen again. Then a miracle occurred and the little unframed sampler arrived at it's destination. The bag was a little worse for wear but the piece was fine. Maybe angels were guarding this little sampler too.

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