26th May, 2023 10:30 GMT/BST

Costume, Accessories & Textiles

Lot 2145


An Early 19th Century Cotton Coverlet, comprising a central square enclosing a small sampler to the centre depicting Adam and Eve, worked by Martha Curchin, dated 1826, within a zig zag appliqué frame, surrounded by flowers and animal appliqués, then frames comprising diamond shapes and triangular patches to the border, on a cream ground cotton cloth incorporating a piece of utilitarian fabric, 210cm by 260cm,
Sally Cole Curchin, Age 13, Unframed Adam and Eve Sampler, with alphabet to the top within a floral border and decorative motifs, 34cm by 32cm

There were numerous Curchins recorded around the Newark area, which was where the vendor purchased both coverlet and sampler. Lot 2144 comes from the same vendor.

Sold for £600
Estimated at £500 - £800


Several of the brown dyes have worn/perished, or with holes. Some staining and water damage towards the bottom of the coverlet, some areas of slight discolouration overall, some fading. Some brown 'burn?' marks visible to the reverse - see images, some modern patches added,


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Auction: Costume, Accessories & Textiles, 26th May, 2023

Highlights include quilts from Cumbria, a private collection of late 19th and early 20th century quilts from Great Britain, the United States and Canada, and a good selection of dolls. Amongst the luxury designer goods is a selection of Louis Vuitton luggage, a collection of 1990s designer outfits, a variety of 20th century costume, and modern perfumes.


Tuesday 23 May - Wednesday 24 May 10am-4pm, Thursday 25 May 10am-5pm and the morning of the sale from 8am

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