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Thursday, January 16, 2014

School Girl Sampler Help? and Coverlet

I recently came across this antique 1840 school girl sampler.I plan to have it framed and hang it it the living room.We don't come across these often in our area especially local ones so I don't know alot about them.I'm hoping one of you girls that collect them can tell me were you begin your research on the history or if you even bother since the family name and year is there.Is there anything special I should look at it in the lettering or symbols? Also what is the price range this should be valued at? It's aprox 18 inches both ways.I've wanted one of these for years and can't wait to get it hung. Close up of the name and date...

I also came across this coverlet.It's local as well and dated 1844. Measures 6 1/2 feet. Not sure if I'll keep this piece or not.I don't know how to care for it properly or display it. That it's local makes me think I should hang onto it but it just doesn't "catch" me yet.LoL. at over 170 years old they are both beautiful pieces of history....

Thanks ahead of time for any info on the sampler.If you feel better emailing me my info is on the sidebar. Hope everyone is staying cozy.Warm Blessings!~Amy

20 comments:

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

Hi Amy,
Beautiful finds! Maybe go to the library and get a book on the history of old samplers. It will look great framed and hung in your home. The coverlet is nice maybe hung on a blanket crane. I would not try to wash it or anything. Two great pieces of local history.
Have a great day~hugs~ Jean

Allison said...

Hi Amy-- I love the sampler, what a wonderful find!!

Primitive Stars said...

Oh Amy, love them both, great finds for sure. Sorry no help to you though, Good Luck, Francine.

Theresa said...

Amy you should talk to Brenda from "Withh thy needle and thread" I think she'll be able to help you.

Theresa said...

With thy needle & thread

1890* said...

So tickled for you my friend !!! A BEAUTIFUL SAMPLER!!!! & A DIVINE COVERLET!!! Glory be you struck such blessings! {{HUGS}}

lilraggedyangie said...

I'M of no help...but I can tell you those surely are GORGEOUS TREASURES you have found...and things like that are harder and harder to come by...have a great evening.Hugs lil raggedy

Rugs and Pugs said...

Amy,
I've never researched any of my samplers. Is it marked with your county that you know it is local? If so, maybe check with the local historical society? Value? Hard to say. I've gotten an antique sampler for under $100 but is not dated with names. Many samplers I see are in the $400-$700 range. Those without damage can be much more.
Oh, keep the coverlet piece. They are wonderful draped over an antique cupboard door or chair.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Raggedy Creations said...

lovely treasures Amy. There may be an auctioneer in your area that could give you values.

Felicia

Prims By The Water said...

I'm not an expert on samplers, but it should be either stitched on silk or linen. If you decide to sell the coverlet, I might be interested. I love them. Great finds!!! Janice

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Amy, what wonderful treasure you have found. I love them both, and definitely keep the coverlet. I see the name on the coverlet, does it have a place listed? I have lots of book on antique samplers, I will look and see if I can find those alphabets. What unusual names, I don't know where you live, but I see there is a crown and deer on the sampler.
Melinda

Linda said...

Amy, both of your treasures are wonderful. One thing I remember about samplers is that before a certain date they did not stitch a J in their alphabets. I don't remember the date that they started using it. Something about the letter J was interchanged with the letter I , I think. See I have all of this useful information and can't remember half of it! Anyhow check that out and see if you find out anything.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Wow awesome finds! That sampler is gorgeous!

Xo

Farmhouse prims said...

Hi Amy, What awesome treasures you have found. I have no idea what they are worth, but I know it has to be alot, I couldn't part with them, they are both lovely. hugs, Lecia

willa croft said...

Amy, you are more than fortunate to have found such lovely samplers. I hope you discover their stories and share with us. I'm totally curious now.

Stay warm

~willa

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Oh Amy You lucky, lucky girl. I can't help date the sampler but agree with the gals that said contact Brenda With My Needle and Thread. I just love the sampler being that I'm addicted to stitching samplers but have never been able to find any antique ones in my area that I could afford. They seem to range from the $400 to $2500 in this area so way outside my budget. And the coverlet is just amazing! I have just started to collect them (4 that I got at estate sales) so I'm still learning about them. I have mine stacked on a bench at the end of my bed for now. I hope as my collection grows it will "require" a pie safe to display them in. ;)
Donna

jody said...

Wow! Great finds with stories to tell im sure! Enjoy your day!

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Great find.They are both gorgeous ! I LoVe the verse on the sampler ! Stitchers were so talented, even way back then. Treasures for sure.

Barefoot Primitives said...

Love them both! Wow you scored sweetie! I hope you don't cut up the coverlet, it makes me sad when people do that so they can sell several pieces. Just my personal opinion. Enjoy your historical finds!
Blessings
Debbie

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Beautiful fins Amy!
Prim Blessings
Robin