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A sampler is an embroidered picture. In its simplest form it is, as its name suggests, an example of different stitches that the embroiderer, often a child, knows how to create, a demonstration of the extent of her embroidery skills.

The simplest samplers are composed of an alphabet and numbers in rows with sometimes a quotation from the bible, but samplers can be more pictorially complex featuring flora, fauna and people. They are quite often signed with the name and age of the embroiderer.


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A superb selection of sentimental samplers

25 March 2019

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils at the Ackworth School, founded as a co-educational boarding school in 1779 by the Quaker physician John Fothergill and still thriving today.

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Pick of the Week: Sampler soars to £14,000 result

29 October 2018

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils of the orphanages, asylums and charity schools of the Georgian and Victorian eras.

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Sampler goes back to school

15 January 2018

Work from 1880 returns to where it was made after it was offered at nearby antiques fair...

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A £2200 token of love – Cumbrian medallion sampler surfaces in Cheltenham

18 July 2014

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils at the Ackworth School, founded as a co-educational boarding school in 1779 by the Quaker physician John Fothergill and still thriving today.

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Dealer at Carmarthen fair sees sampler go back home

08 May 2007

What’s in name? Everything as far as John Miles of Swansea is concerned. For years now, he has been researching his family tree and, in that time, learnt of a unique heirloom that has been lost for about 80 years.

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An Ackworth School lesson for Tennants

12 April 2006

Whether it was the result of quiet, pious reflection, plentiful practice, or simply the bonds between close friends, the samplers produced by the girls of Ackworth School in West Yorkshire developed a distinct individual style.

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Three specialists make their points

14 October 2004

THREE leading international dealers in antique needlework are getting together in New York later this month for a special selling exhibition – The Admirable Art of the Needle: Samplers & Embroideries 1650-1850.

Sorority key to surge in sampler bids

05 May 2004

AS in other markets, that of samplers has its peculiarities. While condition and craftsmanship – or rather craftsgirlship – are important they are not always paramount.

Sisterly seamstress sentiments help to sell samplers

16 March 2004

IN addition to technical excellence, decorative appeal and early date, sentiment is an important player in the sampler market.

Samplers sew up major interest at needlework specialist sale

30 January 2002

THE Midlands branch of Bonhams is the clearing house for all sewing pieces offered to the empire’s rooms and showed its worth at this specialist sale on 13 December.

Lost and found in the salerooms

05 December 2001

When Sotheby’s sold Joan Stephens’ collection of samplers and needlework in New York in 1997, the second most expensive lot, at $90,000, was an English needlework picture initialled EP, and dated 1746.

Wellington – soldier of the right fibre

26 February 2001

UK: SUCH has been the surge in popularity of English samplers and related textiles over the past few years (driven largely by American collectors who can no longer afford their own folk art) that any picture with even a hint of natural fibre is guaranteed to attract interest at auction.