MARY LOSCOMBE, British and Foreign School Society, Miniature, 1840
Rare English red work miniature 3.5" x 4.5" silk on linen sampler by Mary Loscombe.
Inscription: UC alphabet / numerals / LC alphabet / British & Foreign / School Society/ Mary Loscombe / 1840
"This small sampler worked with the alphabet in upper and lower case, as well as number 1 through 0, represents the tenth lesson in the "Manual of the System of Teaching Needlework in the Elementary Schools of The British and Foreign School Society," published in 1821. This educational society was founded by Quaker Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838) out of concern for the lack of educational opportunities available to poorer children, particularly those whose families not members of the Church of England. Small samplers such as this are preserved in these manuals, and were also made into objects such as pincushions that were sold to raise funds for the school." (source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/228489)
Manual (not included): source: https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/samplers/school/index.html
Frame: 7" x 8.5" x 1"
Sampler: 3.75" x 4"
No stitch loss. Foxing thru out, and some ground loss in upper left corner. Conservation prepared by Glee. Mounted on cotton ground case over archival board. Period birdseye maple frame with gilded fillet.