Mary Morgan, England, 1854

Mary Morgan, England, 1854

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sampler size: 7½” x 6” • framed size: 10½” x 9” • sold

This interesting sampler, made by Mary Morgan at the age of 12 in 1854, was accomplished in minute, neatly worked stitches and offers strong visual appeal. It belongs to a group of samplers worked in red on beige made in the second half of the 19th century in England, some of them at the Bristol Orphanages. The samplermakers were demonstrating their needleworking skills, perhaps with the expectation that their samplers would help them attain positions in household service when the time came. Mary’s sampler serves as an indication that she would do a fine job marking linens and stitching decorative borders and corners. Note the delightful increasing design that flanks the letter Z in the center and the four assorted and very delicate corner elements. Mary’s skill is also evident when viewing a photo taken of the back of the sampler prior to mounting (image below).

The noted shop Witney Antiques in Witney, Oxfordshire, England featured the sampler in their 1993 exhibition, An A-Z of 18th &19th Century British Samplers.

It was worked in silk on wool and remains in excellent condition, now conservation mounted into a flat, mahogany veneered frame.

(image of the reverse)

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