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As a major source of antique samplers in the United Kingdom, Witney Antiques web site provides a selection of information and images on seventeenth century, eighteenth century and nineteenth century antique samplers, including band samplers and spot motif samplers. In our extensive stock can usually be found historic, genealogical and commemorative antique embroideries, Quaker samplers, map and darning samplers as well as and samplers from institutions, orphanage samplers, prison samplers, charity school and asylum samplers. A great diversity of design and materials are in evidence. Every item has been carefully conserved and is protected using anti UV glass.

We have the largest selection of 17th to early 19th century samplers in the United Kingdom available for sale.
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KH 1807.

This is one of three known samplers with the name Rosin Linden placed within a medallion beside an urn. As this occurs on all three samplers it is possible that it may be a memorial to a well regarded teacher. Worked on plain weave silk with polychrome floss silks, metallic threads and spangles, each motif exquisitely embroidered using a wide variety of stitches.
An almost identical sampler is in The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston , USA and illustrated 'Samplers from A - Z' Pamela Parmal.

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Elizabeth Squire, York School. 1801.

Elizabeth embroidered her detailed Map of England and Wales in 1801 whilst a pupil at the Quaker School in Trinity Lane, York. This school opened in 1785 and later was known as York School and finally to this day as The Mount School. The Mount School have in their archives similar finely worked map and darning samplers. Templates for this map were commercially available and another example by Mary Peacock 1802 and clearly worked from the same template, is illustrated in 'Quaker School Girl Samplers from Ackworth', Page 62, Carol Humphrey. Contained in a finely reeded ebonised period frame.

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Mary Featherston. 1779.

Spot motif sampler worked on unbleached linen with coloured silks. A blue roofed three bay house with centre doorway is of a type found on Scottish samplers as are the open tailed peacocks and eyelet lettering.

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Raine's Asylum. E.E.E.Hood. 1848.

Raine's Asylum originated as a charity boarding school for forty girls in 1736. This rare example is finely worked and importantly bears a large image of the original building. Accompanying this sampler is another one by the same girl worked two years earlier in 1846.
Maple Frame. 23 x 21ins.

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Katherine Ritchie Milne. March 20th 1840

This neatly worked sampler bears the name Threepwood, which is small town in Galashiels, Selkirkshire on the Scottish Borders. Evidence of it's Scottish origin is clearly seen in the typical style of the large alphabetical letters A - L on the third row of alphabets. Family initials in this case placed below crowns are again found on Scottish samplers. Worked with coloured silks on finely woven wool.

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Mary Christian Law. 1808

A charming sampler worked with coloured silks consisting of numerous individual small motifs surrounding a central verse within an inverted honey suckle border. The base consisting of a country scene with a shepherdess, her flock, farm buildings, assorted animals all placed on a distinctive green chequered ground. Contained in the original maple frame.

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Darning Sampler. Late 18th Century

A delicately worked colourful darning sampler consisting of a central floral bouquet tied with a knotted ribbon, trailing leafy border and eight darning exercises all displaying individual patterns. Worked on a very fine gauze ground. Contained in the original gilt frame.

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Jane Price Her Work

This sampler typically dates from the mid 18th century when female literacy was becoming more important. Eleven lines of moral instruction for children form the text above two angels holding 'the crown of life'. Contained in a period ebonised and gilt wood frame.
English. Mid 18th Century.

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