KINGSTON, Ga. – Thirteen samplers, all from a single Boston-area family and dating from 1758-1866, will be sold as part of a multi-estate sale on Jan. 1, 2008, by Ken’s Antiques & Auction.
All of the samplers were executed by young girls, one of whom was only seven at the time.
It was common during that period for girls whose parents could afford it to be sent to ladies’ seminaries to learn how to sew. This was accomplished by creating “samplers,” which often featured the alphabet, numbers, poems and folk art-style depictions.
Sampler dated 1758, the oldest of 13 in the auction.
The oldest sampler, dated 1758, features poems and sayings of the day, as well as numbers, letters and flowers. The next oldest one is dated 1801 and was done by Sarah Crofs, just 11 at the time. Her sampler has two poems, both by her: Sara Crofs is my name / With my needle I write the same / And if my skill had been better / I would have amended every letter. And, When this you see, remember me / And keep me in your mind / Let all the world say what they will / Speak of me as you find.
One, dated 1836, by Cordelia Kletts measures 18 inches by 20 inches and features a plantation-style home. It also has the alphabet, in two different styles; doves in flight and trees. The sampler from 1842 measures 18 inches by 28 inches. Its design features trees, sayings and the Lord’s Prayer. The frame may be original.
The sampler done in 1834 was stitched by 7-year-old Eunice McCoombs. It measures 12 inches square and is the simplest of the group, probably because of the young girl’s age. Besides the alphabet and numbers, the only other decorations are flowers. The most recent sampler, from 1866, has poems, a large building and doves.
Sevres urn, hand painted, with bronze mounting.
The samplers are expected to take center stage, but the auction will also feature about 1,000 other items in a broad range of categories. Included will be a Lionel train set from the 1940s, still in the boxes and in all-original condition (O Gauge, with four cars, tracks, relays, and hand-painted tunnel); a Sevres urn; southern pottery and a wide array of American antiques from the late 1700s to the 1930s.
The sale will also feature bronze sculptures, early oil paintings, fine period furniture, porcelain, silver, jewelry and oriental rugs. For more information, visit www.kensauction.com or call 770-364-6281.