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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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A Vintage Smapler?

February 17, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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A group of samplers and commemorative textiles, mainly mid 19th century, in

February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£240 (starting bid)

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An embroidered sampler of Adam and Eve, dated 1777, initialled L, I, cream

February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£160 (1 bid)

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An embroidered sampler by Elizabeth Hillyer, finished in 1807, with house o

February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£280 (starting bid)

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An embroidered house sampler by Janet Anderson, 1803, aged 10 years, the cr

February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£240 (starting bid)

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Two embroidered band samplers, the first by Jane Walker, 1726, the ground w

February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£240 (starting bid)

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Three embroidered samplers, comprising one dated 1780 by Lydia Dawel embroi

February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£200 (starting bid)

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A good embroidered long sampler, English, late 17th century, brightly worke

February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£600 (starting bid)

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An embroidered border band sampler, late 17th century, the loosely woven li

February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£320 (starting bid)

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Martha Mellis border band sampler dated 1678, of loose-weave linen, worked

February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£480 (1 bid)

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An early 19th century needlework sampler Worked with text on an infant and

February 20, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£200 (starting bid)

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Victorian Sampler by  Hannah Hobson 'Ended  this Work May 14th 1838'. Framed under glass.  48 x 48 cm

February 24, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
Nr Llangollen , United Kingdom

£24 (starting bid)

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Two Samplers

February 24, 2018, 9:00 AM EST
Chester Springs, PA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Early 19thc Framed Needlework Sampler

February 24, 2018, 2:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$240 (starting bid)

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