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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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* Sampler. A linen sampler by Suffina Odell Hughes, 1798,

March 2, 2017, 10:00 AM GMT
Near Cirencester, United Kingdom

£70 (starting bid)

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18th Cent Sampler w/animals dated 1792

March 2, 2017, 6:00 PM EST
Branchville, NJ, USA

$925 (13 bids)

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Large schoolgirl alphabet needlework sampler

March 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, USA

$200 (1 bid)

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American Colley family registry needlework sampler

March 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, USA

$275 (3 bids)

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Fine schoolgirl needlework sampler, by Jane Hamby

March 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, USA

$150 (2 bids)

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American schoolgirl needlework sampler

March 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, USA

$150 (1 bid)

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American needlework alphabet sampler

March 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Early schoolgirl needlework sampler

March 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Early English needlework sampler, Mary Doubleday

March 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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American schoolgirl needlework sampler

March 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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English needlework sampler

March 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, USA

$100 (1 bid)

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1828 Mary Barker Needlepoint Sampler

March 3, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
Mebane, NC, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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4 AMERICAN OR ENGLISH SAMPLERS 1759, 1810, 1811 OR 1856

March 19, 2017, 10:30 AM PST
South San Francisco, CA, USA

$70 (1 bid)

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