Sampler; 1858; 1962/54/3

Name/Title

Sampler

About this object

This is a very fine mid nineteenth-century Scottish sampler, most likely worked by the eleven-year-old sewer at school. The conventional alphabet and number sequences occupy only the upper portion of the work. Most of the sampler is devoted to spot motifs of plants and animals, some of them quite elaborate, with a large central building surmounted by a crown. This undoubtedly represents the school. The sewer’s name and details are accompanied by the full names of her parents and a sequence or initials to represent other family members.

Mary Wallace was the aunt of Catherine Ferguson, nee Main, who donated this sampler with two others in 1962. Mary was her mother Agnes’s sister. From Fifeshire in Scotland, both Wallace girls emigrated to New Zealand. Agnes married Captain Alexander Pearson Main while Mary married William Aitchison, a Canadian-born farmer from Milton. She died in Milton in 1917, aged 69.

Date Made

1858

Place Made

Scotland

Object number

1962/54/3

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1858
Mary Wallace
Milton
Sampler
Scottish

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