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.