Antique Samplers and Needlework
Available from The Scarlet Letter
Listed below is our current selection of genuine antique needleworks for sale, some of which have been reproduced as kits/patterns, some of which have not. All items are guaranteed to be authentic antiques. If you are interested in a particular piece and require more information, Marsha Parker can be contacted at email@example.com for more information. All items listed are subject to prior sale.
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A rare bi-lingual Huguenot sampler featuring two full length figures and verse.
Sale price: $425.00
At the age of ten years, Elizabeth Broomhead stitched this nearly pristine and colorful English sampler, which was never framed which accounts for its brilliant color and condition.
Sale price: $450.00
Catherine Buchanan's first sampler, stitched in 1796 when she was ten years old, begins with sectionalized letters of the alphabet. The latter sampler stitched in 1798 features two verses with freehand stitched floral bands above a delightful scene.
Sale price: $895.00
This sampler is in nearly perfect condition, meticulously executed in cross stitch and petit point.
Sale price: $695.00
Mary Green made this sampler at Mrs Lear's school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, demonstrating a high level of skill using cross, satin, stem, petit point, queen, straight and back stitches for a variety of unusual motifs including two enormous birds flanking a Solomon's Temple, and a sailing ship.
This antique sampler could be Welsh. It has been stitched on linen using silk and fine wool threads with a beautiful cut and drawn work outer border.
Sale price: $395.00
Worked at M. Newick's school, Hinton St. George, when she was eight years old, this sampler features two large flying cherubs above the Lord's Prayer, which is flanked by pillars covered with twining ivy, two large potted trees.
Sale Price: $395
This band sampler stitched with silk on linen is in superb condition, and demonstrates many of the motifs popular on samplers of this period.
In the 19th century, one of the most important parts of the school curriculum for young girls was the mastering of sewing and darning skills, as they were expected to be able to make and repair clothing.