Appraisal: 1817 Rhode Island Sampler | Antiques Roadshow [Video]

GUEST: This is a sampler that's been in my family since 1817.

Parthenia Wilcox West is my great-great-great-grandmother, and she was an illegitimate child.

This was passed down through my great-grandparents to my great-grandmother, and then at that

time when she passed away, my dad was in Rhode Island, where Parthenia was, and so it came

to him, and he has given it to me.

APPRAISER: And we can see over here "Parthenia Wilcox West."

GUEST: Uh-huh.

APPRAISER: She was born in 1797, and it says that she did this sampler in 1817.

GUEST: Correct.

APPRAISER: It is a Rhode Island sampler, and one of the reasons that it's different than

the typical Rhode Island samplers that we see is because if you do the math,

she was 20 years old.

She's already out of school.

She's not being influenced by the formulaic Rhode Island school designs that the schoolgirls

had to comply with, and she's free to do her own artwork.

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