Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York, Theodore H. Kapnek Collection of American Samplers, January 31, 1981, sale 4531Y, lot 164; John S. Walton, Griswold, Connecticut, March 1981; Vogel Collection no. 345.
This sampler is related to a sampler illustrated in Ethel Stanwood Bolton and Eva Johnston Coe, American Samplers, (Princeton, NJ: Pyne Press, 1973), pl. X. The Rakins family settled in Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa, New York. The first family to appear there was in 1683.
Overall fine condition. Some fading has occurred, but now is under UV plexi to prevent any further fading. Light discoloration in areas. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.