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2006/134/1 Textile sampler, cotton, maker unknown, Czechoslovakia, 1876. Click to enlarge.

Czechoslovakia knitting sampler

This cotton knitting sampler features 70 different patterns and was made in Czechoslovakia in 1876. For centuries, samplers have been used to identify and pass on knowledge of, and skill in, a range of different crafts such as knitting and needlework. Whenever books were rare or the ability to read was uncommon, samplers were often used as a teaching tool. In this way they often reflect valuable work and skills that might otherwise go undocumented. In particular, samplers represent the unsung …


Object No.


Object Statement

Textile sampler, cotton, maker unknown, Czechoslovakia, 1876

Physical Description

Sampler, cotton, maker unknown, Czechoslovakia, 1876

A long narrow strip of knitting worked in white cotton thread on fine needles and featuring seventy different patterns, some very intricate. Maker's mark incorporated into first panel.


Knitted, 'FM 1876'



90 mm



The sampler was made in Czechoslovakia by the Czech aunt of Slavka Zitek, who died in September 1997. Her daughter is Mrs Borjie Winters.

Made by F.M. 1876


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs L W Marr, 2006

Acquisition Date

27 September 2006

Cite this Object


Czechoslovakia knitting sampler 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 September 2021, <>


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