Antique Samplers

Rebecca Campbell 1846

A rare Irish sampler, stitched on linen with silk and wool threads. The linen has a dark horizontal line every ten threads. The stylized four sided floral and vine border surrounds two rows of unusually stylized alphabets, followed by two rows of cursive alphabets, above an eight line verse: Sweet to look inward and attend…

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Martha Johnson

Very finely stitched sampler (probably English) with a petit point multi floral border surrounding floral motifs, including a ribboned bouquet. The verse: See the kind shepherd Jesus standsand calls his sheep by nameGathers the feeble in his armsand feeds each tender lamb The detail in this sampler is extraordinary as hopefully the photos will show.…

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Jane Moore 1820

British pictorial needlework sampler stitched with silk on a linen ground, with two rows of alphabets and numerals at the top followed by a pictorial band with potted plants, trees, and dogs.  There is a four-line verse surrounded by stylized satin stitched flowers above a brick house flanked by elaborate trees, a large tiger, and…

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Elizabeth Turner 1781

This finely stitched English sampler is executed in cross, petit point, and counted satin stitches in silk on a fine linen ground. Adam and Eve are positioned beneath the tree of life surrounded by beasts of the field: goats, cows, sheep, horses. The sampler measures 12″x19-1/2″, with the frame the piece measures 16″ x 23″. …

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Ann Whittaker circa 1778

This English sampler is the most funky sort I’ve ever seen with the main characters having electric hair and seeming to play toss the ball with apples.

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Mary Wilson, born 1711

Early English band sampler signed and dated (Mary Wilson born 1711), worked with silk and fine metal wire on linen in cross, Algerian eye, double running stitches and freehand spirals of silver metal, with pattern bands, alphabets, and a pair of “boxers” flanking a chain stitched heart filled with coiled wire medallions. Color and condition…

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Whitework Band Sampler Initialed “EM”, dated 1787

t is in excellent condition apart from four small dark spots clearly visible in the photos, and was de-accessioned from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stitches used are cross, counted satin, buttonhole, stem, bullion, and Algerian eyelet. 13-1/2″ x 7″, unframed.

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Scandinavian/German Whitework, dated 1601

Possibly an altar cloth, conservation mounted, in excellent condition: textile measures 22″x22″, with the frame and mounting 33″x33″.

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L. Whitear 1816

This English silkwork sampler is stitched in a variety of stitches with a meandering floral border. The condition is very good, no stains, no stitch loss (other than to a few spots where there are small holes, that have been backed with matching linen so they are barely noticeable), the colors good and strong and…

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Dorothy Walpole 1774

An Irish sampler, made by the mother, and including three samplers made by Dorothy Walpole’s daughters, two by Mary Williams dated 1804 and 1805, and one by Elizabeth Williams, dated 1804. It is rare to find family groups of samplers particularly those which span more than one generation. This rare group of four Irish samplers…

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Jane Walker

An late 18th/early 19th century Scottish sampler Stitched with silks on loosely woven linen, this classic Scottish sampler features eight lines of alphabets including one with elaborately illuminated letters, surrounded by a four sided honeysuckle border. Stitches used are cross and double running. Nice condition, with some fading and a few small stains. 19-1/2″ x…

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Helen Vertue 1812

A Scottish Sampler The sampler is worked in fine silk on a linen ground, in cross stitch in bright colors including pink, mauve, blue, gold, copper, and dark green. The verse reads: WHILE THUS MY FINGERS OER THE SAMPLER ROVE/THE LETTERS FORM OR TEACH THE FLOWERS TO BLOW/OH MAY MY SOUL ASPIRE TO WORLDS ABOVEAND…

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