A friend recently wrote to ask me about this sampler on my sampler wall. It is not a reproduction that I stitched. I actually have no idea what it is and whether it is an antique or not. It was in with a pile of antique quilt blocks and linens that I purchased at an antique store about 15 years ago. It was not framed, measures about 8" x 12". The linen and condition certainly looked very old, but did not really look in bad enough shape to be the genuine article. Maybe someone can help???
The bottom is a grassy mound with a deer on the left and leopard (?) on the right, with the initials M and W and year 16 86.
As you can see, it is solidly tent stitched. In the middle above the initials is a large bird, like a parrot, sitting on a branch or tree.
It looks like a piece of 17th century tapestry, but surely it can't be real, can it? Can anybody shed any light on this?? Til next time, hugs, Melinda