Jane Temple,

Jane Temple,

Antrim, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, 1828

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sampler size: 15¼” x 20” • framed size: 19½” x 24½” • sold

A praiseworthy sampler this was made by Jane Temple of Antrim, a town in southern New Hampshire. She was working within the highly appealing tradition of New England samplers that feature a house and lawn scene along the bottom and lush borders with flowers and strawberries on leafy vines forming the side and top borders, but Jane added something of true, patriotic significance to her sampler - a wonderful spread-wing eagle at the top. Samplermakers rarely included eagles on their samplers; it was a symbol that was used more commonly by cabinetmakers and silversmiths in the period.

Born on April 8, 1814, Jane was the eldest of seven children of Zenas and Margaret (Jameson) Temple. The Temple family descended from Abraham Temple who was in Salem, Massachusetts in 1636. Jane’s branch remained in Massachusetts until her father came to New Hampshire in 1805 and bought a farm in Antrim. Jane remained single and the 1860 census indicates that she was a dressmaker. This isn’t surprising given that her sampler indicates her skill in this field. She died in 1861 and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Antrim, along with many family members. Sources that publish information about this family include History of the Town of Antrim, New Hampshire by Warren Robert Cochrane (Antrim, 1880) and Some Temple Pedigrees: A Genealogy of the Known Descendants of Abraham Temple who Settled in Salem, Mass in 1636 by Levi Daniel Temple (Boston, 1900).

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a figured maple frame with a cherry bead.


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