An impressive Sampler dated 1887, meticulously cross-stitched by Nellie Curnow in wool, which gives it a rather sumptuous effect – especially the large bowl of flowers. It was made during Queen Victoriaâ€™s Jubilee Year, but as well as featuring crowns and stars, Nellie chose to include Paul Pry, a character invented by John Poole for his comedy of the same name, introduced on stage in 1825 by the leading comic actor, John Liston. Paul Pry caught the publicâ€™s imagination, remaining popular, and being revived as late as the 1890â€™s. Several porcelain factories produced figures of him. Nellie was probably the sixth child of James W Curnow and his wife, Elizabeth. The family lived at Mawgan in Menage, in Cornwall, where James worked as a cordwainer. Nellie was already attending school when the 1881 census was prepared – she was four years old. This sampler has been conserved by being hand sewn onto raw silk, before being framed and glazed.