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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Janet Harris, Susan M. Jones and Lynda Smith

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Long sampler cut from tightly-woven embroidered linen. The top edge is a selvedge, the two sides have been turned in and hemmed, and the bottom has been cut off and left raw. The top 9.375 inches (24 cms) are divided into six bands increasing in width from 0.625 (1 cms) to 2.75 inches (7 cms). Each is bordered by a double row of pulled fabric opening and is divided into tiny drawn-thread work squares with overcast bars. The squares are worked with simple interlace fillings, twisted bars and a weaving stitch to form a series of geometric patterns, with the exception of band four which has a stiff plant motif flanked by birds and S-shapes.

A seventh band, 0.875 (2 cms) wide, is divided into three rows of cutwork squares with 'woven' bars and snowflake fillings of detached buttonholed bars and interlace stitches. This band is unfinished and the remainder of the sampler is unworked except for three samples of Algerian eye stitch, two are simple rows of seven and four stitches, and the third is possibly a letter y or h.

Place of Origin

England (made)


mid 17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen


Length: 17.75 in, Length: 45 cm, Width: 7 in, Width: 17.5 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1987/1726.
The sampler is one of a group of six mid-17th century samplers all associated with the Mason family and handled down in the family of the donors. T.182 to 187-1987 in the collection.

Descriptive line

Sampler of embroidered linen, England, mid 17th century





Subjects depicted



Textiles; Household objects; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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