Sampler; c1863; 4293



About this object

Embroided sampler. Has name and age of person, Jane Taylor aged nine years, and usual sampler exercises like alphabets, numbers and flowers. Beige background with various slightly faded colours used.

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Place Made

New Zealand

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Subject and Association Description

This sampler was worked by Mrs William Edward Cross nee Taylor in 1854 when she was aged 9 years. Mrs Cross was born in New Zealand and lived in Hope in Nelson. As an adult she unpicked the 4 in the year of her birth to keep her age a secret.

Credit Line

Donated by Mrs H E Windleborn

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Terry Stock 15 Dec 2009 09:45 AM,UTC

Correction - "Date made c1853" if she was age 9 years and born 1844.

Terry Stock 15 Dec 2009 09:40 AM,UTC

The "Date Made c1863" should read
"Date Made c1853" or more likely "Date Made c1854".
Jane Taylor was a sister of my Great Great Grandmother, hence my interest.
My research indicates she was born about 1844 (age 18 at her October 1862 marriage, age 72 at her September 1916 death).

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