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Title: Sampler - "Mary-Ann Lammy"
Identifier: N.78.69
Donor: Purchase
Item Date: c. 1825
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Bradley House

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Description: A polychrome needlework sampler embroidered with woollen yarn or thread. A border of embroidered flowers surrounds a floral plant or tree worked in the centre of the picture. A needle worked bird sits to the lower right of the central plant and an urn with flowers is positioned on the opposite lower left. Two identical stars are worked on each side in the centre, and two identical baskets of flowers are worked on upper right and left sides. The embroidery cloth is loosely woven linen. The background of the design is not worked. There is clear glass that covers the sampler face. It has a plain wooden frame and the sampler is nailed to a wooden board backing. History: The name worked above the lower floral border reads, 'Mary-Ann' and 'Lammy - Toronto Township', which indicates that the sampler was made in Toronto Township, now Mississauga. The name sampler usually means a sample of a young woman's knitting and sewing skills. Young ladies worked hard to match the weaving and embroidery skills that their own mother had learned, a generation earlier, from her mother. Samplers were displayed and highly esteemed. A fine sampler was a sign that a woman had graduated into 'womanhood; and was ready to marry and begin her own family. The father of the family therefore usually held a party for his daughter on her fifteenth or sixteenth birthday when she finished her sampler. By inviting the neighbourhood families, the father hoped to find his daughter a husband.
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