1825 New Jersey Sampler

Value (2014) | $5,000 Insurance
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GUEST:
This is a sampler that has been in my family for many, many years. It was given to my mother from her grandmother, and is now in my possession. We've had it hanging in a place of honor for many, many years. One day I came home from work and I discovered that my three year old had been golfing in the house, and had smashed the golf ball into the original floated glass and I was horrified. But then I took apart the sampler and I discovered my great-grandmother's letter behind it. And her name was Laura May Weiss Kutz, my mom was named after her. And she tells a story that Elizabeth made this sampler when she was 16. She writes, "I hope it will always stay in our family, and I am 71 years when I write this and I wonder who will find it and win." So if it weren't for my son Ryan and his golf ball I never would have found Laura May Weiss Kutz's letter.

APPRAISER:
It was tucked behind the sampler? It was underneath the paper? Wow.

GUEST:
And that prompted me to trace back the history to see that my great, great, great-grandfather's sister was Elizabeth, to see my connection to Elizabeth Dawson.

APPRAISER:
We have this wonderful documentation, and it also in the letter talks about the brother having made the frame.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
It's no longer verbal history, it's written family history.

GUEST:
Yes, thank you.

APPRAISER:
Sampler is wonderful. It's large, it's very graphic. This house, with the animals, the steps leading up to the front door. It's beautifully rendered in silk on a beautiful linen background. The date is 1825. It's really a perfect date for a sampler. It's when school girls were making these. You said she was 16 years old when she made it.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
It all comes together so beautifully. Especially the original frame. I love that touch to it. In terms of valuing this, we're going to say today that it's going to have more value as a family piece. And the sampler market today is pretty critical of condition and this does have fading issues.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
I would say if you were insuring this for your family let's put a $5,000 insurance value on it.

GUEST:
Okay, thank you.

APPRAISER:
And I think this with the documentation is just a wonderful family archive that will stay in your family hopefully for centuries.

GUEST:
I hope so, I truly hope so. I cherish it.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Allan Katz Americana
Woodbridge, CT
Appraised value (2014)
$5,000 Insurance
Event
Richmond, VA (August 17, 2013)

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