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News-Antique.com - Jan 18,2011 - Like time capsules, antique samplers are nostalgic remnants of the past offering a glimpse into the world of embroidery and children. Samplers act as portals into the day-to-day life of a young girl from another era in time. They show her mastery of useful and decorative stitching.
In the 18th and mid-19th century, samplers were also her way of showing off her knowledge of the alphabet. Many were classroom assignments, the way in which she learned reading, religion and math.
Some of the most memorable ones bear verses that come from the heart.
“Patty Polk did this and she hated every stitch she did in it. She loves to read much more,” proclaims 10-year-old Patty in this 1800 sampler.
Not every girl appreciated the delicate distinctions of embroidery.
On Sept. 3-4 Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Delaware, Ohio, featured a selection of vintage samplers in its Early American and Decorative Arts Labor Day Weekend Auction.
A Deborah Covington silk on linen framed sampler with floral borders; alphabets; and verse; signed and dated; Kentucky; 1835; sold in the auction for $723.