Maria J. Moar, Peterborough,

Maria J. Moar, Peterborough,

New Hampshire, circa 1828

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sampler size: 13 ½” x 17¼” • framed size: 17½” x 21¼” • sold

Maria Josephine Moar was born in Peterborough Township, Hillsboro County, New Hampshire in 1817 to Timothy and Betsy (Hopkins) Moar. At the age of 11 she stitched this horizontal sampler with grand sweeping borders around a simple practice of alphabets and numbers. The fine flowers and leafy stems in teal blue-green silk create the most appealing composition and truly show Maria’s handiness with the needle. Two sawtooth borders frame the sampler along the bottom, under her inscription; however, Miss Moar’s unusual 2-part Y in “Years” cuts through the blue sawtooth and was stitched over the lighter pale green and ivory colored band at the bottom.

Maria was the fourth of the ten children of Timothy Moar. Timothy, born in Milford in 1784, was the son of Capt. Joshua and Deborah (Chandler) Moar. He was a farmer, and in 1810 he married Betsy, the only daughter of Daniel and Hannah (Steele) Hopkins, also of Milford; and they moved to Peterborough; nineteen years later the family moved back to Milford, and then to Nashua in 1849. Maria married David Blanchard in 1844. He was the son of Cyrus and Mary Blanchard, of Milford. Maria died in Nashua in 1892.

Worked in silk on linen the sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and remains in its fine original beveled mahogany frame.

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