1780 - 1820 Wool Quilt

Description
This green wool quilt, crafted in the late 18th-early 19th century has a lovely quilted motif of a large tree with flowers and branches stitched in feathered arcs reaching from the bottom edge of the quilt almost to the top. The tree is flanked by two long curving feathered vines and framed by bands of feathered quilting on the edges. Background quilting of parallel lines sets off the motif. Quilting is 6 stitches per inch.
Plain-weave green wool is used for the top, yellow plain-weave wool for the lining. The filling is wool as is both the sewing and quilting threads. This Massachusetts quilt by an unknown maker is a beautiful example of whole cloth wool quilting.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1780-1820
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, wool (overall material)
thread, wool (overall material)
filling, wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 98 in x 97 in; 249 cm x 246 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts
ID Number
TE*T247178.003
accession number
247178
catalog number
T247178.003
subject
Quilts
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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