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US samplers 17th c
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Sampler Definition : Origin 13th century From latin Exemplarium through French Essamplere

The history of samplers in Europe extends probably from the end of the middle ages to the present time. In the early second millennium embroidery was a pastime for the nobility and samplers were rather a pattern example and teaching device. In England the earliest mention of a sampler is an entry of the account book of Elisabeth of York (1502). The earliest German sampler is of the year 1618. The earliest dated English sampler that survives could be the Jane Bostocke sampler dated 1598 (Victoria and Albert Museum London). The earliest forms of samplers in Europe were "spot samplers" and" band samplers". Band samplers are a lenght of fabric, mostly linen sometimes hemp or nettle, with bands of embroidery . The threads used for embroidery are often silk, metal or linen.

American samplers 17th c.
Sarah Lord Sampler
Samplers were very popular in the 17th centuru but very few have survived . The Englidh influence is very strong.
US Samplers of the 18th c.
Sarah Witt Sampler
In the 18th century an American style, much more figurative than the English one,develops.
US samplers of the 19th c.
Sophia Steven Sampler
American Samplers of the 19th century are very popular and original.
Samplers from the United Kindom
English sampler 1710
The art of making samplers is a a widespread , but England is its real home
Samplers from France
french Sampler 1887
The needle excellency
US Sampler 18th c.