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Miniature sampler 1830

Miniature sampler worked in a wide variety of coloured silks, dating from circa 1830. This exceptionally finely worked sampler was likely worked at one of the many charitable institutions set up to educate the female poor during the early years of the nineteenth century. For more details see page 44 'The Educated Stitch' published by Witney Antiques 2019
Framed size 18 x 14 cm

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Jane Oxley 1819

Small Quaker text sampler worked by Jane Oxley in 1819. Jane came from a prominent Quaker family from Norwich and it seems likely that Jane was educated in the City. Jane's father Joseph was a prosperous Quaker merchant and her grandparents were travelling Quaker preachers. The verse on 'Charity' is taken from a poem by Matthew Prior (1664-1721). Worked in black silk thread on a plain weave linen ground. Fully conservation mounted and framed.
Framed size 30 x 26 cm.

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Scottish Commemorative sampler 1832

Rare Scottish Commemorative sampler, dated 1832. Worked in green and black silk this sampler commemorates the achievements of Captain MCW Aytoun who is credited with bringing a fresh and abundant water supply to Auchterader in the 1820's. The sampler was likely made to be presented to Captain Aytoun in July 1832 when a dinner was held in his honour at the newly named Aytoun Hall. Conservation Mounted and framed.
Framed size 18 x 14 cm

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Hannah Stonehouse 1808

Unusual early nineteenth century sampler worked by Hannah Stonehouse in her 15th year in 1808. Worked in coloured silks on a fine gauze ground. The depiction of Military subjects on samplers is relatively rare marking this sampler out as highly individual. Hannah was brought up in the village of Lastingham, situated on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, her family were farmers. Full genealogical details are available.
Framed size 50 x 45 cm

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Rachel Reckless 1717

Early 18th century sampler by Rachel Reckless, aged 9, in 1717. Rachel has included the names of her siblings alongside an immaculately worked moral text. Rachel came from a prominent Quaker family living in Nottingham, her father was a descendent of John Reckless, a wealthy ironmonger and sheriff of Nottingham between 1649 - 1650. Records show that John Reckless was buried in 1679 in is own garden as there was no quaker burial ground in Nottingham, making his own garden the first Quaker burial ground in the city. A number of Rachel's relations emigrated from the North Midlands to America in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, including two uncles Samuel and Joseph Reckless who settled in Burlington County, New York.
Framed size 39 x 28 cm

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St Clements School, Manchester

Mid-nineteenth century Sunday school sampler worked at St Clements School, Manchester by Mary Ann Matthews aged 10. St Clements school, also known as Bennet Street Sunday School was one of the largest Sunday schools in the country. A full history of the school is available by request. Like other known examples this sampler is worked in coloured silks on a linen ground and is worked in Cross stitch. In good original condition.
Framed size 58 x 53.5 cm

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Coloured Darning Sampler 1810

Exceptional and finely worked coloured darning sampler initialled MP and dated 1810. A number of darning samplers which share common design elements are known to exist and may have originated in the same as yet unknown school or under the direction of the same school teacher. Worked on a very fine linen gauze in coloured silks. this sampler retains outstanding original colour and is in fine condition.
Framed size 40 x 34 cm

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Ann Lock 1761

This flamboyantly worked sampler by Ann Lock worked in 1761 employs a wide variety of different stitch techniques, including cross, satin, queen, eyelet, chain, tent and running stitch. All are worked in brightly coloured silks on a linen ground. The bold depiction of the Angel, the Virgin Mary and Elizabeth the mother of St John, give a striking visual appeal to this sampler.
In this sampler it is just possible to see in places the existence of the original under drawing, showing the design was worked onto the ground fabric before it was worked. The existence of a second sampler clearly worked under the same instruction by Elizabeth Oxley.
Framed size 60 x 50 cm

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