Specialist conservation of this kind can beexpensive so Bradford Historical Society is looking for any donations to help with the estimated cost of $550. If you
would like to help secure and preserve this special piece, please donate above or send your donation to BHS, P O Box 551, Bradford NH 03221 and mark it for the Presby Sampler. We thank you for your help.
One of Bradford Historical Society's oldest artifacts gets much needed restoration.
In 1975, The Bradford Historical Committee received a very special piece of Bradford history. It was donated by Leo Biosvert who
discovered it left in a house he bought on Massacecum Lake. The original settlement of cottages was started by Clark ”Del'' Stevens
around 1896 when he would come for the weekends. There was a collection of cottages and a store. It was the store that Leo Boisvert
purchased in 1937 and turned it into a house. No more information was found about how it came to be there.
The item was a sampler dated 1791 and stitched by Phebe Presbury. It was reported in 1975 that she was aged 9 when the sampler was stitched but on closer inspection, it looks like the sampler says age 19, which would match with her birth date of 1772. Phebe is reported to be the first settler child born in Bradford after her family are said to have
settled in Bradford in 1771 - 250 years ago this year.
The sampler was recently rediscovered after being stored away when the glass frame was damaged. It is in dire need of restoration, it need to be removed from the board it is glued and stitched to now as this is causing the sampler to discolor and degrade. When the glass was removed, there was an imprint of the stitching on the glass which was
also causing damage. The Sampler will be carefully removed from its backing and stitched to a new archival safe board.
It will then be placed in a custom made period appropriate frame with protective non glare
plexiglass. These changes will secure this 230 year old piece of Bradford history for at least another 100 years!