Gallery of Antique Samplers
Sold by the Scarlet Letter
Listed below are antique samplers which have been previously sold by the Scarlet Letter. Although these antiques are no longer available for purchase, some of them have been reproduced. Please click on the name or photo of the antique to see more information about it including a link to the reproduction kit if one is available.
Antiques are in alphabetic order by the title or last name of the stitcher. To search the titles for a word or phrase, type it in the box below and click the search button. For example, type ann to find all antiques with the name ann in the title. Type a to find all stitcher's last names or titles starting with the letter A.
A spectacular Spanish sampler featuring many traditional motifs including a crowned lion, leaping stag, dogs both running and sitting, a cornucopia, a chicken, small vignettes of farms, a church, and a memorial, birds, baskets, flowers, a ewer, two alphabets and numerals stitched in both Arabic and Roman in the upper half...
This is a beautiful example of a mid 18th century sampler from Saxony featuring unusual and illuminated alphabets, pattern bands and spot motifs including crowns and flowers.
This intricate and involved sampler features many traditional German sampler motifs dating from the sixteenth century.
The unusual circling alphabets and brilliant satin stitching distinguish this sampler, probably made in the village of Brozas in Caceres. Extremadura, Spain.
English pictorial sampler worked in fine silk on tammy cloth featuring Adam and Eve and the Tree of Life at the center, with bucolic country scenes below including a four storey mansion house, a gentleman farmer with his dog, fields with cows and sheep and a pond.
Elizabeth Graham stitched her Pennsylvania Quaker sampler on homespun linen. and apparently the sampler was never framed but safely stored away.
Possibly from New York, and formerly in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Whitman sampler collection). The sampler is executed in cross stitch on linen, with a four-sided meandering floral border in shades of gold, red, brown, blue-green, ivory, black and dark red. A large naturalistic flower basket...
Harriot Hammond, dated 1811, is an English Adam and Eve sampler. This wonderfully busy sampler is filled with many traditional and some quite unusual motifs
Another wonderful Scottish "mansion house" sampler, this piece begins with a beautiful stem and satin stitched freehand vine and ribbon upper border above a verse.
English sampler worked with silk threads on finely woven tammy (wool) cloth with alphabets and pious verses over a lower register featuring a small flock of sheep, facing stags, and a brick cottage.