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Hannah Hewitt 1811

This charming and folky sampler worked by Hannah Hewitt and dated 1811 is worked in coloured silks on a linen ground. The sampler incorporates numerous different stitch techniques and retains good original colour and condition. The sampler is fully conservation mounted and framed behind UV conservation glass.
Framed size 63 cm x 52 cm

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Harriet Howell 1836

This sampler worked in 1836 by Harriet Howell, aged 12 is almost certainly worked at S Westbrooks School at Pontypool in South Wales. Although the sampler is much smaller than other recorded examples worked at this school it was originally worked to be this size and is fully complete and in its original form .Retaining exceptional colour and condition this sampler forms part of a highly prized and recognised group of Welsh school girl samplers. Further information is available by request.

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Mary Ann Giddings, 19th Century

Decorative 19th century House sampler worked by Mary Ann Giddings aged 9 years. This typical English House sampler is worked in a variety of different, very precise stitch techniques which present a very pleasing symmetrical composition. Retaining good original colour the sampler is worked in a variety of coloured silks on a fine weave ground.
Framed size 55 x 44 cm

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Elizabeth Harwood, Circa 1670

Finely worked 17th century band sampler worked in coloured silks on a fine linen ground, this sampler combines both polychrome bands with white work and needle lace bands and is worked in a variety of different stitch techniques. The sampler is illustrated and fully described on page 82 and 83 of 'I write the needles Praise' 2022. The sampler is conservation mounted and framed behind U V protective Museum Glass.
Framed size 74 x 21 cm

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Martha Maria Walmsley 19th century

Finely executed 19th century sampler worked by Martha Maria Walmsley. Worked in bright coloured silks on a fine wool ground this sampler has at its centre a distinctive stepped lozenge containing a short verse 'By me O my Saviour stand' T each corner Martha has worked individual floral motifs. Retaining excellent original colour and condition.
Framed size 40 x 36 cm

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J Sellers 1819

Beautifully worked sampler by J Sellers under the tuition of Mistress J Reynolds dated 1819. This sampler incorporates a wide variety of different stitches and is meticulous in its working. Worked on a very fine linen gauze ground in coloured silks this sampler is in outstanding condition and retains good strong original colour.
Framed size 54 cm x 52 cm

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Mary Smetham c. 1847

Worked by Mary Smetham at the Royal Free Masons School, circa 1847. Founded in 1789 the school was founded for the education of the daughters of Freemasons who were unable to look after their girls at home either through death or destitution. Although described as a school it would by modern standards be regarded as an early orphanage. At the end of their school life the girls were either returned to family or apprenticed out and supported until they could establish themselves. A full genealogical history is available for Mary. Worked in coloured silks on a fine woollen ground.
Framed size 66 cm x 50 cm

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Ann Jeffrey 1826

Exceptionally finely worked embroidered silk map, worked by Ann Jeffrey in 1826. Worked on a silk Satin ground the map shows England and Wales divided into its counties. The county borders are worked in different coloured chenille thread. This map in common to some others of the period was printed onto the silk for the girls to embroider over. For more information on map samplers see 'Samplers Mapped and Charted' catalogue published by Witney Antiques. This example remains in exceptional original condition and with good original colour.
Framed size 65 cm x 74 cm

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