Indiana Needlework Sampler by Jane Mercer, Switzerland County Indiana 1840

Jane Mercer

Switzerland County Indiana 1840


A rare graphic large Indiana sampler featuring a dominate center-hall house, birds and a beautifully composed poignant verse by a Jefferson City, VA, poet  published in The Knickerbocker/ New York Monthly Magazine Volume 9 in 1837.


Jane (b. c1815), at age 25 worked this sampler under the instruction of Caroline Henderson age 33 (b. 1807).  In 1846 Jane married Joseph Rutherford (b. c1815), they had two sons.  The 1850 census finds Jane and Caroline living just three houses apart in Jefferson township.  From census information it appears that the two women lived their lives near each other. In the 1860 census Caroline was a widow with four children working as a school teacher and the 1880 census finds Jane Mercer Rutherford as head of household with two children, one a student, the other a farmer.

 Silk on linen.

Dealer Stephen & Carol Huber
Date: 1840
Origin Indiana
Artist/Maker Jane Mercer
Measurements 22” x 19 ½” framed.
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