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Title: Sampler - "We Mourn Our Loss"
Identifier: N.109.69
Donor: Mrs. M. Withers
Item Date: c. 1870
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A wool sampler on a needlepoint backing. Embroidered in wool reads, 'We Mourn our Loss'. There is also a picture in the middle that has not been finished. The dominant colours are purple, green, and brown. The sampler is encased in a long rectangular wooden frame. The wood on the frame is painted gold. History: Many settler and Victorian homes would display samplers in their homes. 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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