Heading North, here are some items from an on-line Swedish Auction House, Bukowski. You can bid on-line and ten Swedish Krona (SEK) is worth about £1. Do read the terms and conditions before you bid - because you will have to arrange pick up or handling of your item if you win the auction. But it is also nice to browse simply to see some Northern samplers and stitching. Here is a cross stitch sampler from 1831 measuring 24 cm x 50 cm. Currently the bid stands at 300SEK and there is an estimate of 1000SEK. The auction ends 18 May at 18:04 BST.
I think this etui is charming. The current bid is 600SEK with an estimate of 1500SEK. Auction ends 19 May at 16:46 BST.
It comes in an embellished box - there are 6 metal tools including the silver thimble.
And here is a delicate and very refined piece of silk embroidery from the 1800s measuring 21 cm x 20 cm. The auction for this item ends 20 May at 18:16 BST. The current bid is 300SEK and it has an estimate of 1500SEK. Click here to visit the auction.