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 for more information. All items listed are subject to prior sale.

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Elizabeth Alford
Very fine English sampler with a large central motif of elaborately cross stitched roses, with pious verses on either side. Adam and Eve are stitched at the top with cherubs flying above them.
Price: $1750.00

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

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

Mary Brown
A Scottish sampler executed with wool and silk on linen, featuring many traditional Scottish needlework motifs including an arcaded pansy band across the top, illuminated letters, family initials, peacocks, "stacked" trees, and a fine stone mansion house.

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

Rebecca Campbell 1846
A rare Irish sampler, stitched on linen with silk and wool threads.
Price: $550.00

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

Elizabeth Cheetham
A wonderful sampler, possibly stitched in the north of England (see Scottish influences), with silk and fine wool on tammy cloth, using cross and counted satin stitches.
Price: $920.00

Agnes Clark
Probably Scottish sampler on a loosely woven homespun linen with a four sided floral border and two rows of alphabets and numerals.
Price: $295.00

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

Elizabeth Eaton 1712
Created in 1712 with bold primary colors suggestive of Scottish embroideries, in silk and wool threads on a linen ground, using cross, eyelet, rice, queen, herringbone and double running stitches.
Price: $925.00

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

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

Mary Holtby
This is an English sampler depicting "Joseph and Mary's Flight into Egypt" in the lower register. Joseph with a red beard carries a lantern and leads a donkey bearing Mary.
Price: $850.00

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

Sarah Hyam
Very fine English sampler featuring a two storey stone house fronted by a lawn and a circular drive, flanked by motifs of angels riding puffy clouds, birds, trees, flowers, dogs, lions and peacocks.
Price: $2250.00

Early nineteenth century Scottish sampler featuring several unusual horizontal pattern bands derived from much earlier Scottish samplers.
Price: $625.00

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

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

Mary Lee 1786
Mary Lee at the age of fourteen stitched this fine band sampler with a good assortment of flowers, birds, swans, squirrels and other traditional motifs.
Price: $1800.00

Janet Mitchell
Scottish sampler with a four sided strawberry border, surrounding typical Scottish motifs including peacocks and trees composed of twelve blocks.
Price: $295.00

Mary Moss
English sampler framed in an old wood frame with rippled, old glass, stitched to linen with wood backing (frame likely original).
Price: $650.00

MP Aged 13
Early English band sampler executed in a variety of stitches including double running, counted satin, cross, eyelet, montenegrin, diagonal cross and rice.

Margarat Mure
Very finely stitched Scottish sampler featuring the traditional mansion house seen on so many Scottish samplers of this period, with an extensive garden and stone walls.
Price: $850.00

Janet Nicoll
Very finely stitched sampler, either Scottish or English, with a very unusual horizontal band of boxers across the top as well as stylized lions and 17th century type motifs, executed in counted satin and double running stitch: quite an anomaly.
Price: $925.00

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

Charlotte Penston
Very finely stitched English sampler with a four sided floral border, with six pious verses, a lovely horizontal arcaded floral band, above a large basket full of colorful flowers surrounded by ten flying birds and beautifully undulating leafy trees.
Price: $875.00

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

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

Mary Sherwood
This museum quality sampler was made with an enormous variety of minute stitches and retains its original vivid color on both the front and the back.

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

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

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

Elizabeth Taylor
An "Adam and Eve" sampler, probably English, with a four sided berry border surrounding various pictorial elements, most prominently an enormous white cat and a grand house atop a groomed lawn, flanked by an enormous white sheep on the left and a brown horned cow on the right.

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