Samplings: XIX

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M. Finkel & Daughter is widely considered to be America’s leading dealer in the field of antique samplers. The world of schoolgirl needlework, generally from the 18th and early 19th centuries, provides fascinating opportunities to collectors, scholars, curators and those who admire this fascination work. An antique sampler acts as a window into the specific history of a young girl, her family, her school, an instructress or teacher, a town, a region and a tradition, and as such provides us with unusual insight. It goes without saying that these antique samplers, from a simple marking piece to an elaborate scene, are also extremely visually appealing. This archive provides information about the many thousands of antique samplers handled by Amy Finkel and her father, Morris Finkel, over approximately 40 years. Click here for current inventory.