This outstanding piece is worked in coloured silk with decorative floral motifs, religious verse and with white linen drawn thread work detailing in the centre.


Estimated at £8 000-£12 000, this extraordinary example of embroidery clearly relates to a known group of three distinctive band samplers produced by Quaker girls in the late 17th century London. Each of these three samplers referred to are signed and dated; the earliest was made by Hannah Cullcup in 1687, and the other two were made by Alice and Margrett Jennings, dated 1692 and 1695 respectively. It is believe by the vendor that it was executed by Mary Jennings, sister to Alice and Margrett.


Research amongst the meticulously kept records of the Quakers has shed light on the lives of the Jennings and Cullcup families, that both attended the same Quaker meetings at Devonshire House in Houndsditch. Here, their children would have been educated and taught sills such as embroidery and sewing.

Close comparison and research shows that all four samplers have the same overall design and style, and are executed using the same techniques with each sampler displaying largely the same patterns which only vary in position.


On closer inspection, this piece is most like the Jennings' samplers than to the Cullcup sampler, although a shared source of pattern book or teacher for all four must have existed. Some of the border design bands are near identical to the works by the two known Jennings girls, and all three contain the same religious verse.

This sampler is the same width as the other Jennings' works, however it is the shortest, possibly suggesting it was never finished, which could explain the absence of a signature or date.

The inclusion of a second religious verse on our sampler which mentions 'Young Isaac', perhaps a choice made in honour of her father, Isaac Jennings, is further proof the piece is attributed to Mary.

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