Reading Needlework

July 15, 2010

In a recent auction at Bonham’s in San Francisco a family register sampler sold for $8,540. It appears to be a wonderful example of this type of sampler and it reminded me how much these pieces of antique needlework can tell us. It’s easy to read this particular sampler (and those with verses) but we can also “read” the motifs and other parts of samplers to learn at least a little something about the girls who stitched them. I wonder if, years from now, anyone will have the same thoughts about what is being stitched today.

Click here to see the family register sampler as well as several others sold at the same auction.

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