This band sampler, dating to 1693, is the work of Ann Fisher and offered for a price in excess of £15,000.

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The show runs until November 26 offering more than 75 examples of these long, thin needlework pieces made in the 17th and early 18th centuries.

Among the highlights is an 8in x 2ft 5½in (21 x 75cm) sampler by Ann Fisher dated 1693.

Worked on unbleached linen in coloured silks, it has been framed to show off part of the brightly coloured, unfaded back. Five bands of uppercase alphabets, six floral bands and several lines of verse are among the stitching found in various techniques: cross, satin, running and button hole among others.

Fisher was one of at least seven daughters and this sampler belongs to a group of integrated band samplers worked by girls whose families were associated with the Devonshire House Quaker Meeting.

It is offered for a price in excess of £15,000.