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17th Century Samplers

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. In our extensive stock can usually be found historic, genealogical and commemorative antique embroideries and Quaker, map, and darning samplers. Also included in our stock are samplers from institutions, orphanages, prisons, charity schools and asylums. A great diversity of design and materials are in evidence. Every item has been carefully conserved and is protected by TruVue Museum Glass.

We have the largest selection of 17th to early 19th century samplers in the United Kingdom available for sale. However only a small selection of our stock is on the web site. If you can't find what you're looking for contact us as we may have the item you require in our showrooms.

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Spot Motif Sampler dated 1674

Spot Motif Sampler dated 1674

Exceptionally rare dated seventeenth century spot motif sampler dated 1674 and initialled MIP. This rare example includes a family Coat of Arms (currently being researched). It also includes geometric, floral and figurative spot motifs. the sampler is worked using a variety of different stitch techniques in coloured silks on an unbleached linen canvas ground.

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Sampler by Mary Whearly, 1673

Sampler by Mary Whearly, 1673

Colourful band sampler embroidered by Quaker girl Mary Whearly. Retaining good colour, especially in its yellow and red silk threads. Featuring several bands of whitework, including one of needlelace. English, 1673.

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Band Sampler by Ann Fisher, 1693

Band Sampler by Ann Fisher, 1693

Skilful and colourful band sampler worked by London Quaker girl Ann Fisher in 1693. Illustrated in our catalogue, I Write the Needles Praise: A Century of Sampler Making, 1630s-1730s. Ann Fisher combined polychrome silk bands and whitework bands in her work. The use of detached buttonhole on a sampler of this period is relatively rare. English, 1693.

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Band Sampler. 17th century

Band Sampler. 17th century

Fine 17th century band sampler worked in coloured silks on a fine linen ground. This complex intricately worked example includes amongst its numerous bands a band of 'Boxer' figures. This example remains in outstanding original condition and retains much of its original colouring. English circa 1660. Provenance: Formerly in the loan collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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