The earliest Broek in Waterland sampler

Look at this: one of the oldest dated Dutch samplers around! The sampler was finished by Maertghin Cornelis in 1638. Only a handfull of Dutch samplers are dated earlier than this one. The sampler is part of one of the more important groups of Dutch samplers: the Broek-samplers or Broekdoeken. The sampler has not (yet) a tower or church, neither a pious verse, but otherwise it has the distinctive crosses, bands and other patterns. The large cross with peacocks in each end must have been a personal touch of the girl. As often happened, the cloth was cut to the left and bottom to make it fit to a (rather ugly) frame. Quite remarkable, the three vertical bands below the alphabet were glued to th

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