The swatch itself comes to the Met from the Vatican, where it seems to have landed 1,200 or more years ago.
Then he took a swatch of black velveteen from his pocket and arranged it over the sample-table with the two gems in its folds.
No mail but a swatch of ads drenched in the season's gladness, and the janitor would never provide a wastebasket in the entry.
When all is ready the bath is heated up, the swatch put in and the work of the test entered upon.
This little bit of swatch, replied I, shewing him a paring of print not larger than two crown pieces.
It appeared to Archie that to swatch with the barrel man must be a highly diverting occupation.
When all is ready, the bath is heated up, the swatch entered, and the work of the test entered upon.
1510s, "the countercheck of a tally" (Northumberland dialect), later "a tally attached to cloth sent to be dyed" (1610s, in Yorkshire), of unknown origin. Meaning "a sample piece of cloth" is from 1640s.