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Needlework Sampler – “A Token of love” – c.1860

  • Date: Circa 1860
  • Maker: Initials "H B"
  • Size: h23.7cm x w45.2cm (9⅜" x 17¾" approx.)
Needlework Sampler – “A Token of love” – c.1860


This unusual horozontal format sampler, stitched in fine wool and cotton on linen, features motifs and geometric designs typical of work done at the Ackworth School in Pontefract, West Yorkshire; the swan, the pair of birds above “A Token of love”, the initials “H B” within the wreath are very indicative. Also intriguing, the isolated little linked x’s in the upper left corner; they generally appear on much more elaboratly worked Ackworth samplers as part of the walls of fancy polygons. In original period moulded frame. h23.7cm x w45.2cm (9⅜” x 17¾” approx.).


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