Antique Samplers

Sarah Sanger

Very finely stitched English sampler featuring a verse titled “RELIGION” and many charming motifs, surrounded by a four sided vining border. At the top she has stitched Adam and Eve under the tree, a small rendition of Solomon’s Temple, trees, flowers, sheep and a dog. In the lower right corner there is a shepherd and…

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Catherine Anne Smith

Beautiful, finely stitched English sampler with a meandering four sided floral border centering three registers, the first with trumpeting angels flanking a religious verse with tiny birds and insects over a petit point diving band.

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Elizabeth Cheetham

A wonderful sampler, possibly stitched in the north of England (see Scottish influences), with silk and fine wool on tammy cloth, using cross and counted satin stitches. It is marked “Elizabeth Cheetham work this in the 11 year of her age.” This might be one Elizabeth Cheetham who was born in 1813 to James and…

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May Fool 1833

Scottish sampler with a four sided rosebud border, and the large illuminated initials of JF and JK at the top, very likely May’s parents.  The verse is flanked by two stylized deer (more resembling benches than animals). The verse is: Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman that feareth the lord she…

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German (Saxon) Band Sampler 1795

GERMAN (SAXON) BAND SAMPLER, DATED 1795 This extraordinary band sampler begins with a large parrot on a branch eating cherries, followed by four successive pictorial, allegorical bands.  Twenty-one horizontal rows of various stylized alphabets and crown motifs follow, by six final horizontal bands composed of flowers and vines.  The color is very good (the colors…

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Eleanor Mills 1792

ELEANOR MILLS BORN 13 DAY OF APRIL IN 1792 A four-sided border surrounds a series of horizontal pattern bands  including flowering plants, birds, and honeysuckle above a four-line verse: Remember Lord thy Creature in distress Comfort Me for I am ComfortLess, Pardon my sin Before this world I leave that I a crown of Glory…

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Eliza Watson 1857

ELIZA WATSON AGED 18, 1857 ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN A large mid 19th century English sampler stitched with brightly colored Berlin wool on a canvas ground, featuring Adam and Eve under the Tree of Life with dark blue cherubs flying overhead.  This quirky sampler,  stitched by an older girl, is in…

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TT ID Scottish Sampler 1798

Featuring the initials TT and ID Executed in cross, eyelet, and double running stitches, this sampler features a popular motif of a standing fountain with two birds, possibly doves, with wings outstretched, perched on the bowl.  There is a wreath of leaves enclosing the fountain. This may have been intended to represent the Fountain of…

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Mary Sarah Brooking 1840

This English sampler has been stitched on very fine linen with a four sided floral border centering a scene with a girl walking a country road with a cottage in the right background and possibly a twenty mile marker on the left.  She is carrying a basket and a walking stick.  Two elaborate flower baskets…

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Elizabeth Gilbert 1814

ELIZABETH GILBERT dated 1814 This finely stitched English sampler might be associated with Norfolk as well as Quaker sampler schools.  Much of the lettering resembles the lettering found on Quaker samplers, and the arrangement of the letters in the fifth row suggest “the rule to mark napkins” taught at Quaker schools. The verse, titled “Contentment”…

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Elizabeth Gooding 1790

Stitches used in the sampler include cross, petit point, eyelet and four-sided.  It measures 16-1/2″ x 13-1/2″, and is unframed.

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Sarah Carefield 1813

English memorial sampler featuring a brick house and verses. The lawn in front of the house is flanked by strange looking hedgehog-like creatures. The verses are: May God from whomall mercies springBless the true churchand save the King**Religion does not censureor excludeUnnumber’d pleasuresharmlessly pursued** My dear and honoured Father John Carefield Died on Monday the…

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