Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Finally My Turn

I have spent years gazing longingly at antique samplers online and in antique shops, wishing with all my heart that I could have one for my very own... watching online auctions in the desperate hope that no one else will find the treasure that I have spotted, and always losing out by a long shot when actually finding the nerve to place a bid. It seems that my meager allowance was just too small for the buying of such rare treasures.

Well, I am happy to tell you, that a few weeks ago, I stumbled across a treasure trove on ebay that apparently wasn't so desirable to most bidders. For less than $180, including shipping, I won not one, but... THREE ANTIQUE SAMPLERS! They all appear to be undated, and only one is signed, but I don't really care... they are mine, all mine!

The roughest of the three, in very tattered condition:

Quite possibly my favorite, and certainly the most mysterious:

And last but certainly not least, a sampler by Beatrice Godfrey:

I hope that I can find out some genealogical information on Beatrice. The three samplers came from the same estate, near Philadelphia, so it is possible that they are all by members of the same family, but I doubt my novice research abilities will be able to confirm such a thought, since two are unsigned.

Celebrate with me! I am just delighted with my new treasures.


Jennifer said...

Oh, Beth, congrats!!! I have always looked at those but couldn't afford them either. Those are just gorgeous! So happy for you!
It does make one want the history behind the sampler. Ebay can be good sometimes! I need to scoot over there and see those good deals.
Have you ever looked at The Scarlet Letter original ones on their website? Oh, my goodness, eye candy!

Jennifer Dalenberg
Feathers in the Nest


Michele said...

Congratulations! That is a great treasure! The first one looks like a Scottish sampler I have seen on the Scarlet Letter website! First you get the thrill of the hunt for samplers and then you get the thrill of the hunt for information!

Nancy said...

Congratulations Beth! Isn't it the best feeling when you find something you treasure so much? Tattered doesn't mean a thing to me either - it means someone really loved it!

Heather said...

Congratulations on your find. It is always a fabulous feeling when you find something so special.

Patti said...

Oh my goodness Beth! All three are lovely! Congratulations! What a wonderful purchase ~ and it gives the rest of us hope that someday we can also own a lovely antique sampler!

Blessings, Patti

mainely stitching said...

Woohoo, Beth! Congratulations on your wonderful new treasures!!!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Yeah for YOU, Beth! I always watch those auctions with great longing but they go too high for me. Great find and a great deal. I couldn't be happier for you!

primitivebettys said...

They are just beautiful! WTG Beth! :)