The Maine Tourmaline Necklace
Goldsmith Addison W. Saunders crafted this necklace in the 1970s using tourmalines mined in Maine. It was presented to the people of the State of Maine, with the intention that it be worn by the First Lady—and now by Maine’s first woman Governor—on official State occasions. The necklace is made exclusively from Maine minerals: the gold was panned in the Swift River by Mr. and Mrs. Alton S. Bradford, and the tourmaline came from the Dunton Quarry in Newry. Cross Jewelers donated a matching set of earrings in 2009.
MSM 77.33.1 (necklace), and 2009.70.1 (earrings) photo by Jeff Scovil
Harriet Stanwood Blaine’s Mother’s Sampler
Sally Caldwell of Ipswich, Massachusetts completed this sampler in 1801. Sally later married Joseph Stanwood. Their daughter Harriet married James G. Blaine. The sampler descended in the family of Harriet’s sister, Emily Stanwood Stinson. Stinson descendants living in Dunedin, New Zealand, donated the sampler to the people of Maine.
Barbara McKernan created this needlepoint picture featuring Maine’s wildlife. She was the mother of Governor John R. McKernan, who served as Maine’s as governor from 1987-1995. He also served as U.S. Representative. Early in his gubernatorial term, Barbara McKernan served informally as Maine’s First Lady.