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Henry, my question is: This looks like a needlepoint to me from 1947. Can you verify it is a needlepoint and value ? Thank you.

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Hi Joseph,

I can't tell from the image if that is a needlepoint, it's just not enough detail.  Samplers often come in cross stitch as well, but the difference is obvious. Needlepoint is made in diagonal stitches that completely cover the canvas; cross stitch is made in x shaped stitches ("cross stitch") with parts of the canvas showing through. I've attached a link with close-up images of needlepoint stitching.  If the stitching on your piece matches the "tent" stitches, then it's needlepoint.

http://needlepoint.about.com/od/stitchdiagrams/tp/StitchJournalAvails.htm

As for the value, that's really outside my expertise.  You could try contacting The American Needlepoint Guild to see if they can refer you to a qualified appraiser:

http://www.needlepoint.org

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Henry Babcock

Expertise

I learned needlepoint, knitting, sewing, etc. from my grandmother over 35 years ago. I can answer most questions on the subject of needlepoint. I know about producing needlepoint as well as cleaning, repairing and restoring.

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If you are looking for an appraisal of a needlepoint piece, please contact The American Needlepoint Guild:

http://www.needlepoint.org

I do NOT make referrals to specific service providers, please don't ask.

Experience

Almost 40 years using needle and canvas.

Education/Credentials
AS Marine Diving Technologies, SBCC 1998
BA Environmental Studies, UCSB 1993

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