To be or not to be; an 1862 sampler. Couldn’t be or could it? That is the question.

A trip to our local Goodwill always finds me checking in to three sections, bedding for vintage quilts, linens for anything embroidered and funky fun, and the picture frame section for old lost photo’s, interesting pictures  and handcrafted picture items.

Yesterday did not let me down with a find I am questioning and asking for help from all my blogging stitching friends ~


I found this beautiful sampler. I was first attracted to the muted colors of olive green or gray and black stitching on the brown background. The frame is not that old and the backing has been done professionally. It is in heavy black paper. Not that flimsey brown wrapping paper. The wiring seems to be quite new, redone?


I must admit it wasn’t until I got her home that I noticed the date ‘1862’



There are no other markings. This close up is interesting. The aida fabric almost looks like ratan fibers to me. Is that even possible? More and most importantly could this possibly be from 1862? That just doesn’t seem possible. It is in pristine condition.


I was wondering if there could be clues with the stitching style or color pallate with this piece. Looking for help and direction with identifying this sampler.


7 thoughts on “To be or not to be; an 1862 sampler. Couldn’t be or could it? That is the question.

  1. Deb January 19, 2019 / 2:15 am

    Sorry.. when it comes to embroidery dating,I haven’t a clue. It’s a pretty find though old or not!


  2. kathyreeves January 19, 2019 / 3:35 am

    I’m guessing new? But very possibly a reproduction of an antique? My cross stitch magazines have those types of things in them. Just a guess.

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    • nwpaintedlady January 19, 2019 / 2:28 pm

      Thank you Kathy – I am wondering about no initials of the woman – that would have been included most definately included I am thinking.

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    • nwpaintedlady January 19, 2019 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you so much for the wonderful idea. I will most certainly check in with them ~ Sharon

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  3. KerryCan January 19, 2019 / 11:32 am

    It’s very pretty! But I just don’t think it’s old–as you say, it’s so pristine. If the stitching was over 150 years old, surely there would be some discoloration of that bright white thread.

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    • nwpaintedlady January 19, 2019 / 2:30 pm

      I thnk your spot on with the discoloration. I am also thinking now with a mention to Kathy – if this was from that time frame the crafter would not have left her work of art unsigned. Thank you Kerry for your thoughts – Sharon


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