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Sampler: T.66-1928

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Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Maker: Abbott, Marie

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Description

Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome wools, inscribed at the top with an alphabet, the name "MArie Ab/bott" and the words 'Have God IN MINde'

Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome wools in double running, cross, long-armed cross, Montenegrin cross, Algerian eye, and buttonhole stitch with some speckling and detached needlepoint filling stitches. All the edges of the sampler are hemmed. The sampler has sixteen horizontal bands with much of the left side used for small all-over designs, three vertically worked border patterns, and two short examples of wider horizontal repeating border designs. The sixteen horizontal bands include repeat floral border patterns, one with pineapple motifs, another with 'boxers' and at the top, an alphabet and an inscription: 'HAvE God IN MINde MArie Abbott' with the final 'bott' worked in the band above

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 74 cm
Length: 30.1/4 in
Width: 21 cm
Width: 8.1/2 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr

Dating

17th Century, Mid-Late
Circa 1650 CE - Circa 1701 CE

Note

Although the embroidery typifies that of seventeenth-century samplers, the use of wool rather than silk is much less usual. Wool being cheaper and less robust than silk, it seems likely that a child's first attempt at stitching were in wool, but as this sampler shows work of a very high standard this was probably not the case for this particular piece.

Similar moral or religious phrases can be found on domestic pottery of the period and reflect the common preoccupation with both contemporary religious upheavals and the unpredictability of life and death.

Materials used in production

ground Linen
orange, blue, green, pink Wool

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome wools in double running, cross, long-armed cross, Montenegrin cross, Algerian eye, and buttonhole stitch with some speckling and detached filing stitches. All the edges of the sampler are hemmed.
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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.66-1928
Primary reference Number: 110612
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 April 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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