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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1633 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mayow, Mildred, born 17 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in double running, cross and Montenegrin cross stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Muriel Gardiner

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In their earliest form, samplers were put together as personal reference works for embroiderers. They were trials of patterns and stitches that had been copied from others, and records of particular effects achieved that could be recreated again. This is a type known as a band sampler, and it is the earliest signed and dated example in the Museum's collection. With the composition of band samplers comes the first clear indication in England of the form being used as a method of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)


1633 (made)


Mayow, Mildred, born 17 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in double running, cross and Montenegrin cross stitch

Marks and inscriptions

'Mildred Mayow 1633'
Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1633


Height: 68 cm, Width: 17.2 cm

Object history note

A search of the International Genealogical Index produces only one likely candidate for Mildred Mayow; the daughter of Nicholas Mayow or Maio, christened 7 September 1623 at Chislet in Kent.

Descriptive line

Linen sampler by Mildred Mayow, embroidered with silk; English; dated 1633.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.


Linen; Silk




Embroidery; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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