Pair of Band Samplers, Mary Smith,

Pair of Band Samplers, Mary Smith,

Ireland, 1722 and 1723

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We are pleased to offer two excellent, early 18th century samplers, remarkably still together. They are both the work of Mary Smith. Her 1722 sampler presents a great number of decorative bands that lead to a numerical progression, then to alphabets and her inscription, “Mary Smith her work October the 27 1722 in the seven…” Her next sampler is more advanced, with complex bands, several lines of verse that read, “Remember this when I am dead to make your letters even at foot and head”, “Which is most hard I cannot tell to hide true love or make false love look well” and “No lock can hold against the power of gold.” The Irish stitch panel along the bottom is a wonderful indication of the progress Mary made in the needle arts. 

The samplers have been in one family for many generations and were likely to have been made in Clare County, Ireland, according to family history. Many sets of what are very likely family initials appear on both samplers. 

Worked in wool on linen, they are in very good condition with some minor loss to the wool. While not conservation mounted, the glass is UV filter and the samplers are spaced away from the glass. 

1722 sampler size: 23” x 8” framed size: 30” x 14½” 



1723 sampler size: 21” x 8” framed size: 28½” x 14½” 





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