Antique Samplers and Needlework
Available from The Scarlet Letter

Listed below is our current selection of genuine antique needleworks for sale, some of which have been reproduced as kits/patterns, some of which have not. All items are guaranteed to be authentic antiques. If you are interested in a particular piece and require more information, Marsha Parker can be contacted at samplers@scarlet-letter.com for more information. All items listed are subject to prior sale.

Please click on the name or photo to see more detailed information, photos and prices of each item. Some of the photos appear a bit whitish because of glare on the glass


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Isabella Baldwin
English sampler with a four sided meandering border, with an inner satin stitch sawtooth border.
Price: $275.00

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Mary Bathe
This English sampler features an impressive stone mansion with mullioned windows at the top, flanked by beautiful butterflies, flowers, and fruit baskets.
Price: $375.00

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Bed Sheet Initialed E
Antique hand woven linen bed sheet, minor repairs, initialed "E"
Price: $155.00

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Two Samplers made by Catherine Elizabeth Buchanan
Catherine Buchanan's first sampler, stitched in 1796 when she was ten years old, begins with sectionalized letters of the alphabet. The latter sampler stitched in 1798 features two verses with freehand stitched floral bands above a delightful scene.
Price: $1350
Sale price: $895.00

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Ann Carbutt
So many unusual and enigmatic features were left by Ann Carbutt on her sampler, made when she was sixteen years old, very likely in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Price: $795.00

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Sarah Carefield
English memorial sampler featuring a brick house and verses.
Price: $195.00

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Mary Carr
Possible Scottish band sampler stitched with fine wool on linen with a lovely geometric pattern band
Price: $175.00

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Continental Sampler
Three horizontal rows of alphabets and numerals are stitched above a vibrant lower register featuring potted flowers, crowns, initials, and intricate geometric spot motifs, finely executed on linen with silk.
Price: $275

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YAO BAG (Dowry bag)
Reversibly embroidered, from northern Thailand, circa 1930-40
Price: $75.00

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Ann Forrest
Gorgeous Scottish sampler worked with silk on fine linen with a four sided stylized honeysuckle border surrounding horizontal rows of illuminated alphabets and double running stitch motifs.
Price: $895.00

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Ann Golding
This sampler is in nearly perfect condition, meticulously executed in cross stitch and petit point.
Price: $1495.00
Sale price: $695.00

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Elizabeth Gray
An English sampler featuring an elaborate building, flanked by a nicely outfitted couple, standing on grassy lawns and a driveway.
Price: $525.00

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Mary Green
Mary Green made this sampler at Mrs Lear's school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, demonstrating a high level of skill using cross, satin, stem, petit point, queen, straight and back stitches for a variety of unusual motifs including two enormous birds flanking a Solomon's Temple, and a sailing ship.
Price: $925.00

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Jane Howell
An English sampler with a four sided multifloral border..
Price: $325.00

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Ann Jenkins
English sampler with a four sided strawberry border around three verses and spot motifs.
Price: $125.00

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Martha Johnson
Very finely stitched sampler (probably English) with a petit point multi floral border surrounding floral motifs, including a ribboned bouquet.
Price: $925.00

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Belinda Kemp
This English sampler was made in Lincolnshire in the small rural village of Firsby.
Price: $225.00

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Elizabeth Parker
English sampler featuring a scene from the Bible with Elijah being fed by the ravens.
Price: $425.00

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M. Rees
This elaborate sampler featuring a fearsome tiger, a plantation house covered in trellises and tropical vines, a peacock, a pea hen, rooster and butterflies, was probably stitched in Africa or India by a British girl.
Price: $795.00 Reduced to: $575.00

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Hand Woven Cotton Sack
Antique hand woven cotton sack, KURTH MALTING COMPANY
Price: $45.00

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Sarah Sanger
Very finely stitched English sampler featuring a verse titled "RELIGION" and many charming motifs, surrounded by a four sided vining border.
Price: $185.00

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Catherine Anne Smith
Beautiful, finely stitched English sampler with a meandering four sided floral border centering three registers.
Price: $300.00

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Sarah Smith
An English sampler featuring a large flower basket and two matching bookend houses, surrounded by an elaborate four sided floral and leafy border.
Price: $495.00

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Mary Stoppard
In the 19th century, one of the most important parts of the school curriculum for young girls was the mastering of sewing and darning skills, as they were expected to be able to make and repair clothing.
Price: $695.00

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Maria Tomlinson
This English sampler features a fine country house identified as Wilton House in Wiltshire, near Salisbury, the county seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over four hundred years.
Price: $725.00

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Ann Wainwright
English sampler with a large church and rectory/stone house at the top, with a six line verse beneath.
Price: $275.00