Book on Samplers – a surprisingly delightful read.

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“Samplers Historic stitched stories
from New Zealand Women”.

Vivien Caughleys’ new book traces the history of samplers that tell our New Zealand  history.
N Z samplers date from the 1860’s, in fact some were commenced in the 1850’s.

The book excites us with samplers in the form of maps dating from 1784 that include New Zealand, and some of those now reside in the Auckland Museum collection.

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This New Zealand sampler above  had the name and the girls age, 12 years, and her district,West Taieri,which enabled the family and consequently the young girl’s family to be traced 100 years later. Check out her story in this new book.
If YOU have an old sampler it may be of great value, it’s history and uniqueness is to be treasured and handed down through generations. Go and have a look in your  attic before someone throws it out as some kids embroidery!

I also discovered that he earliest known American sampler was made by Loara Standish of the Plymouth Colony about 1645.Check out the detail on her nmae link.

The earliest British dated surviving sampler, housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, was made by Jane Bostocke who included her name and the date 1598 in the inscription.A silk on linen needlework sampler stitched by 12-year-old Mary Antrim in 1807 sold at Sotheby’s Important Americana sale in New York on Sunday for $1,070,500 (including buyer’s premium). That’s ten times more than its pre-sale estimate of $80,000-$120,000.( this may not in the book -Iv’e added a few facts re the UK and the USA)  MaryAntrim-sampler
I like this quote from Vivien’s book “A sampler may be the only words of a woman which survive”.

You can contact Vivien about your historic samplers at vivien@newzealandsampler.co.nz Available at all  good bookstores, published by Batemans. Any Australian Samplers that  you own Viv would love to hear from you please.

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