Antique Samplers

Sarah Hyam

Very fine English sampler featuring a two-story stone house fronted by a lawn and a circular drive, flanked by motifs of angels riding puffy clouds, birds, trees, flowers, dogs, lions, and peacocks. A sweet, tiny petit point alphabet flanks the four-line verse: The loss of gold is muchThe loss of health is moreThe loss of…

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Ellinor Marfleet 1809

Ellinor Marfleet was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, around 1800, baptized on 13 November 1800 at St. James, daughter of John Marfleet and Mary Lamtal.  Both her father and her brother were Mariners and owned their own ships.  Apparently, her brother was involved in a smuggling trial at some point. (Grimsby is a port town.)  Ellinor…

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Mary Lee 1786

Mary Lee at the age of fourteen stitched this fine band sampler with a good assortment of flowers, birds, swans, squirrels and other traditional motifs.

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Janet Mitchell

Scottish sampler with a four-sided strawberry border, surrounding typical Scottish motifs including peacocks and trees composed of twelve blocks. The color is very good but slightly altered from the back which shows the rust color to be more reddish. The verse reads: Honour at best is but a blastUnconstant wealth hath wingsBut education far excelsAll…

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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. Family initials are stitched in the lower-left corner with her attribution: “Ann Forrest Her Sampler May the ___ Day 1757″ (there is a hole in the linen where the…

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Belinda Kemp

This English sampler was made in Lincolnshire in the small rural village of Firsby. It consists of three verses surrounded by a four-sided strawberry border, and spot motifs of birds, dogs, trees, flowers, and a Greek key dividing band, It is in very good condition, unframed, 17″ x 12-1/4″.

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IB RB HB

Early nineteenth-century Scottish sampler featuring several unusual horizontal pattern bands derived from much earlier Scottish samplers. Stitched with silk on loosely woven homespun linen, the sampler is surrounded by a four-sided strawberry border. The alphabet, A through T, runs across the top followed by the derivative earlier pattern bands There are three seven-tailed peacocks, and…

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Janet Nicoll

Very finely stitched sampler, either Scottish or English, with a very unusual horizontal band of boxers across the top as well as stylized lions and 17th-century type motifs, executed in counted satin and double running stitch: quite an anomaly. A four-sided honeysuckle border conforms more to the date. The sampler is executed in cross, double…

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Mary Moss

English sampler framed in an old wood frame with rippled, old glass, stitched to linen with wood backing (frame likely original). The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground in cross, petit point, outline, and back stitches. A meandering and greek key border surrounds an elaborate vase of flowers and a short verse. Very…

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Charlotte Penston

Very finely stitched English sampler with a four sided floral border, with six pious verses, a lovely horizontal arcaded floral band, above a large basket full of colorful flowers surrounded by ten flying birds and beautifully undulating leafy trees. Very good condition and color (some holes in the outermost borders, but the sampler has been…

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Elizabeth Alford

Very fine English sampler with a large central motif of elaborately cross-stitched roses, with pious verses on either side. Adam and Eve are stitched at the top with cherubs flying above them along with the moon and stars, elaborate crowns, and evergreen trees on either side. There are two brick houses in the lower register…

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Margarat Mure

Very finely stitched Scottish sampler featuring the traditional mansion house seen on so many Scottish samplers of this period, with an extensive garden and stone walls. It is curiously flanked by an exotic cow and a soldier. There is a four-sided floral border executed in cross and double running stitches. Above the house is an…

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