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Samplers

Samplers are pieces of embroidery produced to master a particular pattern or display the skill of the maker. They often illustrate a variety of needlework elements, including a decorative border, motifs, figures, the alphabet, narrative scenes, the name of the embroiderer, and the date of completion.

Samplers were first used in Northern Europe during the early 16th century. Surviving samplers, depictions of samplers in paintings and books, and written references indicate that most early examples depicted Late Gothic and Early Renaissance motifs and border patterns. By the 17th century in England, samplers were important educational tools embroidered mostly by young girls between the ages of seven and thirteen. The tradition of sampler making quickly spread to... Read more

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Antique Cross Stitch Sewing Sampler Dated 1928

May 1, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Stamford, CT, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Lot of 3 Small Signed Middle Eastern Samples

May 1, 2016, 2:00 PM CST
Houston, TX, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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MODERN SAMPLER

May 4, 2016, 10:30 AM BST
Liverpool, United Kingdom

£10 (starting bid)

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 4 Antique Dog Needleworks

May 5, 2016, 6:00 PM EST
New Milford, CT, USA

$125 (starting bid)

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May 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
St Annes , United Kingdom

£24 (starting bid)

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Framed Religious Sampler Named And Dated C Duthoit 1873 Lourdes Depicting M

May 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
St Annes , United Kingdom

£32 (starting bid)

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Framed Sampler Depicting 2 Figures And Text 'Make New Friends But Keep The

May 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
St Annes , United Kingdom

£24 (starting bid)

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L. B. S. 1962 Needlework Sampler

May 6, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Springfield, OH, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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Early 19th Century hand stitched sampler Done by Mary Ann Harris, scene dep

May 10, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Knutsford, United Kingdom

£80 (starting bid)

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Early 19th Century hand stitched sampler Done by Gemma Brunt aged 12 and da

May 10, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Knutsford, United Kingdom

£60 (starting bid)

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A collection of six samplers, early 19th Century Near pair possibly done by

May 10, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Knutsford, United Kingdom

£80 (starting bid)

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NEEDLEWORK BAND SAMPLER WORKED BY ELIZABETH LEWIS ODELL, JANUARY 30, 1755.

May 15, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Portsmouth, NH, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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AN AMERICAN POLYCHROME NEEDLEWORK ON LINEN SAMPLER, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY,

May 15, 2016, 11:00 AM CST
Houston, TX, USA

$75 (starting bid)

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INCREDIBLE ARLINGTON, MASS

May 21, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Thomaston, ME, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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