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 for more information. All items listed are subject to prior sale.

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Bed Sheet Initialed E
Antique hand woven linen bed sheet, minor repairs, initialed "E"
Price: $155.00

Elizabeth Bond
This English sampler is full of quirky, adorable touches.
Price: $825.00

Two Samplers made by Catherine Elizabeth Buchanan
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.
Price: $1350
Sale price: $895.00

Ann Carbutt
So many unusual and enigmatic features were left by Ann Carbutt on her sampler, made when she was sixteen years old, very likely in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Price: $795.00

Continental Sampler
Three horizontal rows of alphabets and numerals are stitched above a vibrant lower register featuring potted flowers, crowns, initials, and intricate geometric spot motifs, finely executed on linen with silk.
Price: $275

Caroline Phillis Critchell
Unframed English sampler stitched with silk on very fine linen.
Price: $425.00

YAO BAG (Dowry bag)
Reversibly embroidered, from northern Thailand, circa 1930-40
Price: $75.00

Ann Forrest
Gorgeous Scottish sampler worked with silk on fine linen with a four sided stylized honeysuckle border surrounding horizontal rows of illuminated alphabets and double running stitch motifs.
Price: $895.00

A German Sampler dated 1802
This sampler is stitched with an incredible set of traditional motifs, as I've never seen before on one single piece of needlework.
Price: $550.00

Ann Golding
This sampler is in nearly perfect condition, meticulously executed in cross stitch and petit point.
Price: $1495.00
Sale price: $695.00

Mary Green
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.
Price: $925.00

Ann Hawkins
A very finely stitched English sampler in excellent condition, minor fading, few losses.
Price: $725.00

Jane Howell
An English sampler with a four sided multifloral border..
Price: $325.00

Elizabeth Loxton
English sampler with a four sided strawberry border surrounding extensive biblical verses including the Apostle's Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer.
Price: $250

Elizabeth Masterton
This busy sampler is likely Scottish. It features a grand mansion house similar to those depicted on many Scottish samplers, with a gated lawn and sheep in front, flanked by peacocks.
Price: $695.00

Helen Miller
This Scottish sampler dated 1821 has a very interesting verse referencing the unification of England, Ireland, and Scotlan.
Price: $750.00

Mary Oare
An English tablet-style sampler stitched with silk on fine linen, featuring three stanzas of a verse titled "On Virtue" within two large columns with intricately stitched birds (possibly a swan and a phoenix) atop the columns, with a four sided floral border.
Price: $225.00

M. Rees
This elaborate sampler featuring a fearsome tiger, a plantation house covered in trellises and tropical vines, a peacock, a pea hen, rooster and butterflies, was probably stitched in Africa or India by a British girl.
Price: $795.00

Hand Woven Cotton Sack
Antique hand woven cotton sack, KURTH MALTING COMPANY
Price: $45.00

Catherine Anne Smith
Beautiful, finely stitched English sampler with a meandering four sided floral border centering three registers.
Price: $300.00

Sarah Smith
An English sampler featuring a large flower basket and two matching bookend houses, surrounded by an elaborate four sided floral and leafy border.
Price: $495.00

Mary Stoppard
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.
Price: $695.00