Sampler by Cristain Stedman, 1797.

Linen fabric, wool and silk threads, 443mm x 200mm.

This rather busy sampler is another eighteenth-century example. As well as the conventional alphabets and number sequences it has a rich array of spot motifs, principally crowns, plants and animals but including an interesting couple to the right of the sequence of initials. These are evidence of the Scottish convention of including family references and the couple may be intended to depict the sewer’s parents.

Cristain Stedman (one wonders about the spelling) worked this sampler when she was 11 years old. She was the paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother of the donor Catherine Paterson Ferguson, née Main. Mrs Ferguson was the daughter of a sea captain who settled at Milton and died there in 1888. She donated three family samplers as a group in 1962. This is the oldest of the three and takes us back several generations before the Otago settlement. It was obviously brought to Otago as family heirloom, already of considerable antiquity on arrival in the country. Unfortunately we do not have further details on the family’s genealogy that would help decipher the various initials worked into the sampler.
Cristain Stedman
Production Date
Sampler 443x320mm
Mount 545x430mm