I would like to show you two samplers, one an original and the other a sampler inspired by an old sampler.
The first sampler is in the collection of St. Fagan's, the Welsh National History Museum. This museum keeps changing its name for some reason. It was first known as the Welsh Folk Museum, which I think is a much better name and then the Museum of Welsh Life. Goodness knows what they will call it next? However, they hold a very large collection of samplers and some are online at the Gathering the Jewels website - isn't that a lovely name for a site?
The Museum has credited the sampler as being made in Clunderwen in Pembrokeshire. However, the inscription is -
Anne is my name Davies is my nation Quay is my
Dwelling Place and Christ is my Salvation.
When I am Dead and laid in grave and all my bones are wrotten
In this work you'll find my name when I'll be quite
1889. Aged 9.
Where is Quay? Could it be Newquay in Cardiganshire?
This sampler is based on one I saw in a picture in a magazine -