Mary Pennington’s 1830 sampler from our collection has been lovingly conserved thanks to the generosity of Erna and John of Hiscock and Shepherd Antiques, in Kent.

Erna has had a life-long passion for samplers and embroidery, and kindly offered to donate their time and materials to fulfil our appeal and effect the required conservation work.

The sampler will be hung temporarily in its original spot, before moving to a new exhibition space later in the year.

The experts were also able to shed light on the sampler’s history, mentioning that it was certainly English, probably northern, and made under the tutelage of a governess (rather than at a school) by its ten year-old seamstress.  The ‘Berlin work’ used on the sampler, and the motifs present, indicate that its age is definitely as shown, between the end of the Georgian period and a precursor to Victorian styles.

The sampler has been framed in a genuine period frame, with UV conservation-grade glass, also kindly donated by them.  We are delighted with the result and very grateful for their support.

Hiscock and Shepherd Antiques  specialise in needlework, pottery and folk art.