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Band sampler, 1678. Inscribed ‘Elizabeth Clowder’. Linen, embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, Montenegrin cross, satin, eyelet, and trellis stitch; with linen threads in hem, double running, counted satin, eyelet and stem stitch, cut and drawn work with needle weaving, needle lace and hollie point. 18.75 x 87 cm.
Given by Miss J. Minet (T.31-1964)

 

As the seventeenth century progressed, there was an increase in the inclusion of a name, date and further short inscriptions on samplers. But, without a little more information such as place or school, it is rarely possible to establish the identity of these early sampler makers, particularly as the variety of first names is limited and the spelling of family names far from consistent. However the unusual names on a few of the samplers, such as Billingsley and Calthorpe, have made family research possible. A descendent of one of the sampler makers in the museum’s collection, Elizabeth Clowder, has also contributed her family history. Other girls may not be identifiable but make their claim as individuals by their spirited inscriptions and mention of parents, dames and schools. Combining family information with an assessment of the quality of the materials used, the style of stitching and the sentiments of the inscriptions, bring about a clearer sense of the girls’ identities, of their social status and attitudes to family, faith and education.

 

Band sampler, 1653. Inscribed ‘Elizabeth Billingsley’. Linen, embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, cross, long armed cross, Montenegrin cross, arrowhead cross, satin and trellis stitch. 17 x 72 cm.
Dr J.W. L. Glaisher Bequest (T.17-1928)

Band sampler, 1656. Inscribed ‘Ellenor Wykes’. Linen, embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, satin, cross, Montenegrin cross, long armed cross, trellis and filling stitches with some detached needle lace stitches. 19 x 74.5 cm.
Dr J.W. L. Glaisher Bequest (T.21-1928)
 

 

 

Band sampler, 1695. Inscribed ‘Elizabeth Eyls’. Linen, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, double running, satin, chain, eyelet and Algerian eye stitch, with some filling stitches. 15.9 x 45.1 cm.
Dr J.W. L. Glaisher Bequest (T.85-1928)