Trade sampler

second quarter of the 19th century

Object Place: Ayrshire, Scotland


53.3 x 64.2 cm (21 x 25 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave embroidered with cotton

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Trade sampler. Fine white linen ground on which initials, ciphers, and coronets are worked with white linen in satin stitch. Some names have German, some have English form. Embroidered with initials, ciphers, and coronets worked in satin stitch. Initials in center “A.R.” possibly for Adelaide Regina, wife of William IV, Adelaide of Saxe-Melningen, married in 1818, formed by roses, thistles, and shamrocks. embroidered in satin stitch and cutwork with needlelace fillings.


1938, gift of Philip Lehman (b. 1861 - d. 1947), New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1938)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Lehman in memory of his wife Carrie L. Lehman