Antique Samplers

Fanny Peachey, circa 1800

Fanny Peachey, circa 1800

De-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this delightful sampler has been professionally conserved by museum staff. It’s not in great condition, it isn’t framed, but it has been stabilized. It features a four sided floral border, with Adam and Eve as the focal point alongside a tree of life with a realistic raised work…

Eleanor Parr

Eleanor Parr

The original “Eleanor Parr” antique sampler is available for sale. Some of the photos were taken prior to conservation and framing. She was born in 1816 in Burscough near Ormskirk in Lancashire to John and Ann Parr. At the time of her birth her father was a boatsman on the canals, but in a later…

Susanna Parker 1761

Susanna Parker 1761

Finished Decemr Ye 8 English band sampler consisting of rows of alphabets, vowels, numerals, pattern bands, verses and crowns, executed in cross, petit point, stem, satin and eyelet stitches. The first verse is a quote from John Dryden (1631-1700): Fragrant the Rose is but it fades in time. The violetsweet but quickly past the Prime.…

Oval Tent Stitched Picture

Oval Tent Stitched Picture

Probably English, early 18th century (circa 1720) Executed in fine wool and silk, this beautifully balanced needlework picture depicts two characters in a rural setting, the woman carrying a jug of water on her head, the man apparently leaping or dancing, with a flock of very contented sheep to their right. One sheep appears to…

Maren Olson 1838

Maren Olson 1838

Frederikshald, Norway This beautiful and unusual Norwegian sampler is noteworthy for the exquisitely stitched floral wreath at the center, and alphabets and numerals forming the four sided border. The style of lettering is also unique, looking more like cursive than actual cross stitched letters. The outermost border has been finely hem stitched. It was finished…

Susey Oliver dated 1734 or 1754

Susey Oliver dated 1734 or 1754

17?4 Silkwork Sampler by Susey Oliver. Framed in an old ‘molded composition over wood’ and gilt frame with rippled, old glass. Stitched to linen with wooden backing and brown paper dust cover. The sampler is finely worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches including Algerian eye. Meandering leafy border. Colours magenta,…

Mary Oare 1792

Mary Oare 1792

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. Cupids with bows and dogs flank the columns on both sides. Stitches used…

Margret Nisbet circa 1770

Margret Nisbet circa 1770

A Scottish Sampler This beautiful Scottish sampler features illuminated letters, an arcaded floral band, traditional motifs including peacocks with seven tail feathers, windmills. birds at the Fountain of Life within a leafy half cartouche, illuminated letters and family initials. It is nearly identical to another Scottish sampler we offer for sale- Katie Sym’s dated 1769-…

Christian Nimmo circa 1847

Christian Nimmo circa 1847

Possibly Scottish (Nimmo is a Scottish surname), this sampler is stitched on linen with wool and silk in cross, petit point, counted satin and freehand stem stitches. The color and condition are very good, with the background linen slightly darkened. Three pots of flowers are stitched at the top above a scene with a large…

New England Sampler on Green-Linsey-Woolsey-circa 1815

New England Sampler on Green-Linsey-Woolsey-circa 1815

Surrounded by a Greek key border, this unsigned sampler begins with a classic Quaker alphabet, A through Z, executed in cross stitch, followed by another alphabet in eyelet stitch, the next in double cross stitch, the next in four-sided stitch, and the final lower case alphabet in cross stitch. Below is a scene of flowering…