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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Sampler from Stephen & Carol Huber by Blodget


Mary or Belinda Blodget, C. 1818 or 1825
Mason twp, Hillsboro, New Hampshire

An aesthetically pleasing window to the past describes this comprehensive needlework family record wrought by Mary or Belinda Blodget. The central informational area is framed on the top and sides with a heavily embellished flowering vine border and at the bottom the tree is flanked with church, horse, lady, house, and dog with the decorative addition of a butterfly and flying birds.

The upper cartouche is inscribed:

John Blodget born Feb 12, 1751
Mary Prescott born Feb 4, 1771 died 1817 Married March 1802

The lower cartouche under the printed headings (Name, Birth, Married, Died) is inscribed:

Adam Prescott - May 21, 1803 - Sept 20, 1825 Mary Prescott - Aug 21, 1804 - Nov 23, 1841
Jonas - Feb 15, 1806 - Dec 23, 1810
John Blodget - Aug 18, 1807 - Oct 14, 1882
Belinda Blodget - Jan 15, 1810 - Nov 26, 1876
Asa Blodget - May 11, 1812 - May 18, 1812.

Note: The married dates are not filled in and all dates after 1825 are with different ink and probably by a different hand. All the children were born in Mason Twp, NH.

Who is the lady depicted and why the horse?

Research shows that Mary Prescott Blodget (the mother) at age 46 was killed instantly when she was thrown from a wagon. Her funeral was held two days later on May 16, 1817 where Ebenezer Hill, the pastor of the Congregational church in Mason, NH, delivered the sermon. The actual sermon is still available.

Mason, NH, John Blodget's home town, was twenty five-miles from Mary Prescott's home town of Westfield, MA where they were married.

Silk and ink on linen gauze;
24 1/8 x 27 3/8 inches framed.

Note the damage at the top, this could be de-emphasized by restoration and/or tighter framing.


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