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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. All items listed are subject to prior sale.
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A fine early English band sampler in excellent condition, professionally cleaned, mounted and framed behind UV filtering museum glass.
This English sampler is a memorial to her deceased brother. It is framed in an old- possibly original- mahogany frame with gilt slip and glass. The sampler is stitched with silk on linen, entirely in cross stitch. It is packed with motifs including a cathedral a lion, stars, birds, fruit baskets, fir trees, hearts, a crown, flowers, insects, acorns and potted flowering plants including a bold and beautiful four sided undulating floral border...
Very finely stitched English sampler with the theme of the four seasons.
Very finely stitched English sampler with alphabets and three verses at the top, with a scene featuring a large and elaborately detailed flower flanked by two enormous butterflies, within a four sided floral and Greek key border.
This sampler is either English or Continental, and is stitched with brilliantly colored silk on extremely fine linen and bordered with rose colored silk ribbon.
Framed in an old 'molded composition over wood' and gilt frame with rippled, old glass. Stitched to linen with wooden backing and brown paper dust cover. The sampler is finely worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches including Algerian eye. Meandering leafy border...
Executed in fine wool and silk, this beautifully balanced needlework picture depicts two characters in a rural setting, the woman carrying a jug of water on her head, the man apparently leaping or dancing, with a flock of very contented sheep to their right. One sheep appears to be a Jacob sheep- a rare old breed, with black spots and horns...
This very finely stitched petit point canvaswork picture of a blue and white urn burgeoning with naturalistic flowers (carnations, tulips, periwinkles, daisies, chrysanthemums) was probably made as a chair back, or a fire screen. It is signed with the initials "MC". It has been professionally cleaned and conserved by Frances Faile, and is museum mounted within a new period style frame...
This is an exquisitely stitched classic Scottish sampler featuring illuminated letters, an arcaded floral band, traditional motifs including peacocks, birds drinking at the Fountain of Life, feather trees and family initials.
Norfolk (England) samplers are a unique species, characterized by either a stepped lozenge cartouche as in this example, an elaborate floral border (usually embroidered freehand but not in Eliza Tagg's sampler), and a horizontal row of joined octagons filled with various floral or animal motifs.
A rare and unusual oval sampler in excellent condition, featuring Adam and Eve beside the tree of life with a black serpent.
An Irish sampler, made by the mother, and including three samplers made by Dorothy Walpole's daughters, two by Mary Williams dated 1804 and 1805, and one by Elizabeth Williams, dated 1804...
The price for all four samplers inclusive is $5.400.
This English silkwork sampler is stitched in a variety of stitches with a meandering floral border. The condition is very good, no stains, no stitch loss (other than to a few spots where there are small holes, that have been backed with matching linen so they are barely noticeable),...
Early English band sampler signed and dated (Mary Wilson born 1711), worked with silk and fine metal wire on linen.