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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1988F858
Collection:Social History

Maker Information

Embroiderer:Margaret Josephine Gasken - View biography for Margaret Josephine Gasken


The role of the sampler in the late 19th Century was to teach girls the art of embroidery and the alphabet.
Margaret Josephine Gasken made this sampler while she attended school at St Clements School, in Nechells, Birmingham.
It is embroidered in cross-stitch, depicting typical themes such as the alphabet, numbers and various objects like birds, butterflies, teapots, keys and dogs.

Further Information

Production Period:Late 19th century
Medium:Hand sewn.
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England

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Height:35.2 cm
Width:30.5 cm