Totally unrelated I hasten to say! The bad news is that thieves broke into the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and made off with items valued at a staggering £18 million. The good news is that no samplers were on the hit list. But it does raise the question again about how safe items are in museums. Tennants of Leyburn have textiles for auction this weekend. There are not so many samplers, but two are interesting.
This first is a long Spanish sampler - Lot 1239 with an estimate of £120-£180. The name is largely missing, but one might guess that it is Anamarya. It is dated 1841.
The second is English, probably from the borders, worked by Elizabeth Lily in her tenth year and dated 1725. Unfortunately there are a number of candidate Elizabeth Lillys around the country.
It is lot 1243 and has an estimate of £250-£350. To see more auction items, just click here.