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Sampler: T.93-1938

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified




Band sampler, linen embroidered with polychrome silks with an alphabet, flowers and other motifs including the Lamb of God, Instruments of the Passion, coat of arms, peacock and a large flower vase.

Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, back, and satin stitch. The edges are finished with buttonhole stitch.The pattern is arranged in seven horizontal bands. The first contains stylized flowers, the second an alphabet in blue and pink silks, the third contains two highly stylized flower arrangements and a wreath with the initials 'IHS' inside it and a small dog and lion beneath it. The third band depicts the Agnus Dei, symbols of passion (including the cross and carpenters tools), the double headed royal Eagle and the date 1674, the initial 'WE' are placed on either side of the wreath. The fourth band depicts a peacock, a coat of arm in a wreath and a parrot on a leafy branch. The bottom band depicts a large vase of flowers surrounded by large individual flowers.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs H.A. Longman

Measurements and weight

Length: 32 cm
Length: 12.5/8 in
Width: 18 cm
Width: 6.7/8 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed by Longman, H. A., Mrs


17th Century, Late
Production date: AD 1674

Materials used in production

ground Linen
pink, blue, green, yellow, brown Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, back, and satin stitch. The edges are finished with buttonhole stitch.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: embroidered in yellow silk thread

  • Text: WE
  • Location: Middle of the sampler on either side of the wreath
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Initials

Inscription present: embroidered in faded pink silk thread

  • Text: 1674
  • Location: Underneath the double headed royal eagle
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.93-1938
Primary reference Number: 110824
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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