Selima F. Hebard,

Selima F. Hebard,

Randolph, Orange County, Vermont, 1810

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Sampler size: 15” x 17½” • Framed size: 17¾” x 20” • sold

Far fewer samplers were made in Vermont than in the other New England states and well documented examples are hard to find. That said, we currently have two very good and interesting Vermont samplers, an unusual circumstance. The samplers were made in 1810 and 1820, both in Orange County. Shared characteristics include the ground fabric of tightly woven, beige linen, a subdued palette and an overall free-form quality to the pictorial elements. One of the samplermakers included a house, which is not commonly found on Vermont samplers. Both are very well documented and accompanied by extensive family histories. We hope you enjoy these: Selima F. Hebard and Arabella Downer.

The earliest of the three Vermont samplers offered, this was made in Randolph, a small town south of Montpelier, by Selima Fidelia Hebard. She stitched her initials, the town name, the date and the fact that she was 16 years old along with three unusual trees in the upper register. At lower right appears a delightful variation of a classic sampler verse – “Selima F. Hebard is my name / English is my nation / Randolph is my dwelling place / A pleasant situation.”

Genealogy of the Hibbard Family Who are Descendants of Robert Hibbard of Salem, Massachusetts by Augustine George Hibbard (Woodstock, Connecticut, 1901) is greatly informative as to the Hibbard / Hebbard / Hebard family and its emigrant ancestor, Robert Hibbard (1613-1684). Four generations later Milan Hebard (1762-1830) and his wife, Betsy Burnham, settled in Randolph, Vermont where their five children were born; Selima was the eldest, born on November 27, 1794. She married a distant cousin, Enoch Hebard (1792-1872), also of Randolph. Selima died in 1867 and is buried in Randolph Center Cemetery along with family members.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in very good condition with some minor darkening to the linen. It has been conservation mounted and is in a molded and black painted frame.


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