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1835 Hair&Silkwork Hot air balloon Sampler by Ann Maddy

William IV, dated 1835. 16.5ins by 11.5ins wide. 1835 Hair&Silkwork Hot air balloon Sampler by Ann Maddy. Framed in an old wood frame with gilt slip and glass.

Mounted to conservator standards on acid free card with chipboard backing.

The sampler is worked in silk and hair on linen ground, in a variety of stitches.

Meandering floral border.

Colours blues, cream, white, greens, browns and gold.

Inscription reads

' Trifle not with Eternity'.

Signed and dated

'Ann Maddy aged 10 Years 1835'.

A wonderful set of motifs, some finely embroidered, including pictorial scenes featuring a woodcutter and his partner,

two seated sweethearts,

a harvester with his dog,

a couple about to walk over a bridge with a sailing boat below, a pagonda and hot air balloon above

(all of which have their hair sewn with real hair).

There also features a windmill,

a stag,

birds perched in trees,


fruit baskets

and flowers.

A sampler in the Welling collection by Elizabeth Price dated 1841, Susan Westbrook School, is stitched in the same style and includes motifs in common: hot air balloon; coniferous trees; square tree bases; and grapes in border. See page 161 of the recently published “The Needlework Collection: 2” by Elizabeth Welling. Could these two girls have been taught stitching by the same teacher, possibly Susan Westbrook? In addition to many other outstanding qualities this exceptional sampler draws attention to early manned flight. Charles Green, the celebrated UK balloonist, made his 200th ascent in 1835. The following year he made man’s first ever cross channel flight.


A few small holes.

No stains other than slight uniform age darkening of the ground.

No stitch losses. Colours are mostly good and strong with no noticeable fading.

The silks bright and glossy. No colour run.

Stretching is slightly uneven.

Frame in good condition, ready to hang.

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