Mary Luckham, South Milton, Devon, England, 1839

Mary Luckham, South Milton, Devon, England, 1839

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sampler size: 13¾” x 11¼” • framed size: 18¾” x 16¼” • price: $1700

This classically symmetrical sampler clearly reveals its 18th century English origin, with birds, baskets, flowers and vines throughout. Set inside the highly decorative floral border, Mary Luckham includes the text:

How sweet it is/to feel within/a heart renewed/and cleansed from sin

There is nothing/so much worth/washed in the lambs/most precious blood

Saved by the mighty/power of god/as a mind well instructed

Mary Luckham was born around 1823 to John (1766-1816) and Dorcas (Quarme, 1766-1854) Luckham of South Milton, Devon, England. She was the second eldest in her family of five children, with only one brother. She is listed as part of her father’s household in the 1851 census, aged 28. Ten years later, according to the 1861 census, Mary appears unmarried and working as a dress maker. The sampler was worked in silk on wool and is excellent condition, conservation mounted in a later oak frame.

 

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