How old is this embroidery on linen?

Discussion in 'Textiles, Needle Arts, Clothing' started by benbenny007, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. benbenny007

    benbenny007 I buy rubbish, and sell antiques

    Hi all

    How old could this piece be? It looks like it got some age to it.

    I have put it myself in its current frame.

    Looks like they streched the linen on a gilden frame and used hammered nails.

    Somebody maybe a idea how old this linen or cotton could be or maybe an idea when such decoration was used like the red glass stones or beads.

    It shows King Alfred who lived in the 9th century. Surly this is not that old ☺

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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I think 19th century, but others are more knowledgeable on the subject.
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  3. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I was intrigued by 'King Alfred Maketh Him a Clock'. Evidently part of his legend:

    The burnishing of King Alfred’s reputation in legend was posthumous, not flowering until the twelfth century.[4] Alfred’s hagiographic biographer in life, Asser, had missed out greatness from his portrait: young Alfred wants nothing better than to win a book of Anglo-Saxon poetry from his mother, and learns to translate Latin into Old English when divine inspiration arrives at the age of thirty-nine. He also invents the candle-clock.
  4. benbenny007

    benbenny007 I buy rubbish, and sell antiques

    Yes indeed a very intriguing person. I've also read this and how he invented the candle clock. You would not understand the image if you don't know he history about it.
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  5. benbenny007

    benbenny007 I buy rubbish, and sell antiques

    19th century was also my guess but not really into embroidery but I just liked the color and aging on it. Now I have framed it is do like it even more.
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