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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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Heloise Williams, 10, reproduction needlework sampler, framed, 17 1/4 x 12 3/8 in.

June 29, 2016, 10:00 AM CST
St. Louis, MO, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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1930 Sampler in memory of their two sons killed in

June 30, 2016, 10:30 AM BST
Ludlow, United Kingdom

£60 (starting bid)

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1808 Sampler by Sarah Biles, Age 10

June 30, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Litchfield, CT, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Sampler from 1828

June 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Hatfield, PA, USA

$500 (1 bid)

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Catherine Earnest, 1844 Sampler

June 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Hatfield, PA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Catharine Custer 1836 Sampler

June 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Hatfield, PA, USA

$400 (1 bid)

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Eliza Clackett 1848 Sampler

June 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Hatfield, PA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Emaline Hanford 1831 Sampler

June 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Hatfield, PA, USA

$150 (1 bid)

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Ruth Bolster 1833 Genealogy Sampler

June 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Hatfield, PA, USA

$150 (1 bid)

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Sarah Goodson 1762 Sampler

June 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Hatfield, PA, USA

$150 (1 bid)

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Maria Sampler

June 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Hatfield, PA, USA

$150 (1 bid)

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Original Sampler dated 1806 within a glass frame

July 3, 2016, 10:00 AM AEST
Fyshwick, Australia

AUD60 (starting bid)

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THREE SCOTTISH NEEDLEWORK SAMPLERS EARLY/MID 19TH CENTURY

July 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

£180 (starting bid)

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A Regency needlework sampler

July 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom

£70 (starting bid)

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A Victorian sampler, by Maria London, aged 8 years, dated January 3rd 1845, close weave linen ...

July 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom

£50 (starting bid)

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An early 19th century sampler

July 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom

£100 (starting bid)

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An 18th century sampler, by Charlotte Buscall, dated 1778, worked in coloured silks on fine wool ...

July 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom

£50 (starting bid)

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An early George III needlework sampler

July 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom

£100 (starting bid)

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A Victorian needlework sampler

July 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom

£100 (starting bid)

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A Victorian needlework sampler

July 6, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom

£40 (starting bid)

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A 19th century family group of three samplers: worked in coloured silks of

July 13, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Exeter, United Kingdom

£240 (starting bid)

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A George III silk work sampler: the central verse 'Advice to Youth' enclose

July 13, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Exeter, United Kingdom

£80 (starting bid)

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