This sampler is part of the Norfolk group. Typical of this grouping is the center band of dogs/deer/trees. Each Norfolk girl has her own unique set of dividing bands, and this "spin off" has a Florentine (also called bargello, flame or Irish stitch) band, an acorn band, and a strawberry band. The basket with flowers that form the border of this sampler are very delicate. There are three alphabets - one complete and two incomplete.
Size (W x H): 17 x 17 1/4 inches
Stitches: Cross, satin, eyelet, Florentine
Media: Silk on linen
A personal note dated June 1 1978 was included when this sampler was purchased. The text reads, "This sampler by Susanna Tagg in 1790. She was the 2nd wife of William Palmer and the wedding was in 1799. Her daughter Susanna Franc married Thomas Self Howes 16 May 1818 at Lakenham, Norwich. Thus the needlework was the great great great great grandmother of Colin Howes. I hope this note will be of interest to my successors...." Signed by Percy Howes.
We have verified that William Palmer (1744 of Norwich, Norfolk, England) married Susan Tagg (about 1778 of Norwich, Norfolk) 28 March 1799 at St. Simon & St. Jude Church in Norwich. Their daughter Susan Grace Palmer was christened 14 December 1800 at the same church.
There is a Lust in Man no charm can tame;
Or loudly Publishing his Neighbor's shame,
On Eagles wings, immortal Scandal fly,
Whilst virtuous Actions, are but born to die.
Susanna Tagg Wrought this 1790
(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)