Sale $1,750 Reduced from $3,950
Rare 18th century New England sampler from Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Circa 1784. Size: 10.5 inches x 8.25 inches. An early needlework sampler made by Rhoda Symonds at age 16. Rhoda Symonds was born in Essex, Massachusetts in 1768 and moved with her family to Hillsborough, New Hampshire in either 1772 or 1773. The sampler indicates that she was aged 16 when she created it, suggesting a date in 1784. It is interesting to note that she uses the original spelling of the town's name, Hillborough, without the internal letter 's'. Later, the spelling was changed to Hillsborough. The town's web site reports that in 1735 and 1736, Colonel John Hill was granted a tract of land about six miles square and named it Hillborough. Later, the town became incorporated in 1772. The sampler is in overall very good condition, with some fraying to the stitches in the lower right corner. Some dog tooth embroidered decoration may also be missing along the top edge. Such early New Hampshire samplers are scarcely encountered, and this one has descended through the heirs of the family. A photo copy of the family tree is attached to the reverse of the frame.