I decided to play....
The word for this last week is "Antique":
Cross Stitch Sampler dated 1836 -- it's been in my family all these years!
(I was destined to be a stitcher!)
Edit: This was stitched by an ancestor, Suzy Miller, from Pittsburg, PA. The story that goes along with it, is that the hired girl had taken the sampler, and attempted to take out Suzy's name. She was going to replace it with her own name, and say that she had stitched it.
The over one stitching is incredible! The saying in the middle is as follows:
Fame like a shadow flies away
Titles and dignities decay
Nothing but friendship can display
Joys that are free from trouble.
On a sad note... it was deteriorating badly. I took it to the LNS, and had it reframed with acid free materials. The fibers are very fragile. The framer had told me it was glued to a piece of wood! Hopefully the new framing will keep it safe for a few more generations...
If I can do this... at least I will make a post once a week!