Tennant's Actioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire will have 3 Quaker samplers for sale. This first, incomplete sampler is signed A Pollard 1800 and is Lot Number 1220 with an estimate of £1,200-£1,800. The catalogue description is as follows: A Framed Quaker Ackworth School Medallion Sampler By A Pollard Dated 1800 worked in brown and green threads in cross stitch, 41 cms by 53 cms; and a similar framed unfinished example with alphabet, 29 cms by 27 cms (2) Andrew Pollard was born in Horsham Sussex 11 December 1790, he was the son of Samuel Pollard and Catherine Hughesdon and attended Ackworth between 1799-1802. The Pollard family had attended Ackworth School from 1786 and continued to do so for 100 years. Andrew re married in 1837 aged 47 after the death of his first wife to a Sarah Mainhood and lived in London, they had 11 children and he worked as a commercial traveller and in later years as a school master in Wales, he died aged 72 in 1863 in Swansea. It is unusual to see a sampler produced by one of the boys from Ackworth and in Carol Humphreys `Quaker School Girl Samplers from Ackworth` page 91 illustrates a wonderful medallion sampler worked by Andrews sister Martha Pollard in 1811. My thoughts on this are that this sampler is atypical for an Ackworth School sampler. The inclusion of half-hexagonal medallions within the body of the sampler as opposed to the border is rarely seen and that together with the inversion of the motifs at the top suggests to me that it is indeed a Quaker sampler but stitched outside of Ackworth School. While the possibility of a boy stitching an Ackworth sampler would be an exciting first - I am inclined to posit the existence of a Pollard female sibling called Anne, perhaps, who did not attend Ackworth, but who was either inspired by a sister's sampler, or instructed in its making by a returning sister. There has not yet been time to discover more about the Pollard family.