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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Can You Solve the Mystery of the New Found Ackworth School Sampler - Nigel Butler, Wickersley Antiques

I had a lovely email from Nigel last week telling me about a new found Ackworth School sampler. The sampler comes with a slip of paper on which is the following text: I wish this to be given to Jane Kerchiss / MARY MAW BARBER ne BAYLDON / was born 24 December 1818 must have / been very young when she did this SP. Nigel says that he doesn't know when this was written but it was probably before or at the time the sampler was framed. (The sampler has been folded at some time perhaps after it was finished.) On the face of it - it all looks pretty clear cut. However, it isn't. There was no Mary Bayldon or Baildon or Mary Maw or Mary Barber at Ackworth School. The closest possible match I can get with the name is Louisa Maw from Gainsborough who was a scholar at Ackworth School 1826-1828. Both Louisa Maw and Mary Maw Bayldon came from Gainsborough - but I cannot trace a family link between them. Can you? Or perhaps there is a different way of solving this mystery. Nigel would appreciate your help. You can contact Nigel through his web-site - just click here.

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