Elizabeth Mayoh,

Elizabeth Mayoh,

Stockport, England, circa 1834

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sampler size: 17¾” x 15¾” • framed size: 21½” x 19¾“ • sold

English samplermakers rarely made family register samplers and these English examples are thought to be derived from the popular, early 19th century American form of family record or register sampler; this is a handsome and very well made example. Entitled “A Register,” this sampler documents the marriage of William Mayoh and Rachel Crowshaw along with their births and those of “Their Offspring.” It was made by their daughter, Elizabeth, who was born in 1822 and signed the sampler at the bottom. William and Rachel were living in Bolton, Lancashire when they married in 1816 at St. Peter’s Church, stitched as part of the information on the sampler. Shortly after that they removed to Stockport, just southeast of Manchester and directories indicated that William was a grocer and tea dealer, as well as a collector for the Water Works Company. He was also a member of the United Grand Lodge of Freemasons. 

The sampler would most likely have been made prior to the birth of the family’s youngest, Jane Lydia Mayoh, in 1835. The details of her birth were stitched after the others and in a darker thread. In 1854, Elizabeth married William Mellor and after his death, Henry Waring. She had two children and died in 1903. 

The sampler features sixteen beautiful deep pink roses and buds on stems that serve the composition well; care was given to the orientation of these, as each rose faces outwards. 

Worked in silk on wool, it is in very good condition with one small, repaired area at Ann Mayoh’s name. It has been conservation mounted and is in a 19th century gilt frame. 


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