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Sampler: T.97-1938

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified




Sampler worked in polychrome silks depicting alphabets, square all-over patterns, a wreath with initials and animals.

Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, Florentine, tent, satin and rice stitch with a little pulled work. All the edges are hemmed and finished with buttonhole stitch. The top of the sampler has three horizontal bands containing alphabets and numerals. Beneath this is a large square flanked on either side by three smaller squares. The large square has a wreath, flowers and a small male and female figure worked in addition to the initials 'DM', 'MS' and the date 1727. The four smaller squares all have all-over patterns. The bottom band is made up of detached motifs (crowned peacock, deer, birds, stork) arranged around a large central design of a stylized flower vase.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs H.A. Longman

Measurements and weight

Length: 33.25 cm
Length: 13 in
Width: 24.25 cm
Width: 9.1/4 in

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Production date: AD 1727

Materials used in production

light pink, blue, brown, yellow, green Silk
loosely woven Linen

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, Florentine, tent, satin and rice stitch with a little pulled work. All the edges are hemmed and finished with buttonhole stitch.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: embroidered in pink silk thread

  • Text: DM MS
  • Location: Inside a flower wreath
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.97-1938
Primary reference Number: 110828
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 13 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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