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Victorian Punchwork Memorial

Victorian Punchwork Memorial

Regular price $125.00 USD
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While punch paper embroideries (punchwork) were a common women’s craft in the Victorian era, I have found precious few with memorial or mourning subject matter. This is one of the most poignant I’ve had in my care: It comes to me from England, and I wish I could tell you more about the family, but sadly that story is long since lost. Beside a gravestone is the rebus motto, “We all fade as a (leaf)” above the better known, “He is not dead but sleepeth.” Although the embroiderer was rather naive in her work, it’s a lovely, touching thing. Beautifully matted and framed. Refer to photos for size and condition: Small smudge on the mat from someone who was careless. 

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