Sampler / Sampler
A large Welsh wool sampler in wonderful condition and in original frame. Made by Mary A Williams aged 14 in 1885 and embroidered with archetypal Welsh sampler motifs including a biblical text, vases of flowers, Adam and Eve and a large central ship that is initialled with the letters R and C which could attribute it to the Royal Charter, one of the most famous ships in Welsh maritime history.
The Royal Charter was built on the river Dee in 1855, it was an iron ship of 2,719 tons and was powered by sail and steam. Returning from Australia to Liverpool in October 1859, the ship was wrecked on the rocks at Moelfre at Porth Alerth on the north coast of Angelsey, with a loss of around 435 lives, the highest loss of life of any shipwreck on the Welsh coast. Along with the tragic loss of life the Royal Charter wreck is memorable for the valuable cargo that it had on board, she was carrying a huge cargo of gold from the Australian gold fields. Charles Dickens related the aftermath of the disaster in ‘The Uncommercial Traveller’
33¼” w x 37¼” h 84.4cm w x 94.6cm h