This sampler is NOT one of those auctioned - it is "just for pretty".
We see notices for sampler auctions all the time and sometimes wonder where the samplers come from. This past week or so, a drama has played out that brings those thoughts to the forefront. Last Saturday, November 20th, the Burlington County Historical Society auctioned off 29 samplers from their collection, despite vigorous protestations from the sampler community. The stated purpose for the sale changed from wanting to install "interactive" displays to attract children and families to "new acquisitions" when it was pointed out that it was actually against museum policy and the ethics standards the museum community has set for itself to sell off collections for anything other than to purchase new items for the collections.
That some of these samplers had been bequeathed or donated to the museum means that these kinds of donations may not be so forthcoming in the future. The samplers sold were New Jersey samplers and completely within the stated mandate of the historical society.
I know everyone who has been following this story is saddened to see the samplers sold in this manner.
An interesting addendum to this story is that one of the samplers from their collection - an extremely important New Jersey sampler, which was apparently not slated for the auction block, was stolen during the preparations for the sale. As of yet, no word has been received as to the outcome of the investigation, but it has definitely been reported to the police as a theft.
Another major auction of samplers will take place this weekend - Friday, November 26th, when Sue and Richard Studebaker's sampler collection will be auctioned. You can see the catalog here.
Sue Studebaker is the author of "Ohio is My Dwelling Place" and "