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Skinner AuctionsMarlborough MA
August 14, 2011 10:00 AMCalender

Vermont Needlework Sampler

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Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2558MLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: August 14, 2011 10:00AM


Vermont Needlework Sampler, "MARGARET ALLEN BORN JUNE THE 20 1721," reported to be the earliest known Vermont sampler, executed with silk threads on a linen ground, stitched with three alphabets interspersed with geometric, scroll, and floral borders, the lower register ornamented with a flowering vine, (toning, light stains),12 x 9 in., in a later bird's-eye maple frame.

Provenance: According to research provided by the consignor, the sampler first changed hands publicly at a Brunswick, Maine, auction, circa 1978. It was owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Marsh (now deceased) of Prout's Neck, Maine. James Marsh was the nephew of Mrs. James Bailey who owned the sampler at the time (c. 1921) the sampler was listed in the American Samplers publication.

Literature: This sampler is listed under samplers made between 1700-1799, and from Vermont, in American Samplers, by Ethel S. Bolton and Eva J. Cole, originally published by the Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Boston, 1921, reprinted by Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1973, p. 29. On page 28, which lists the dates of the earliest known sampler from each state, Vermont's date is 1728, the same as the present lot.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Scattered small light brown stains from previous framing, overall light toning, minor fading.


Vermont, Maine, James Marsh, Brunswick, James Bailey, Dover Publications Inc., Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Ethel S. Bolton, Eva J. Cole