1796 - 1798 Bethiah Green's Embroidered Counterpane

Description
Under the center basket of this embroidered counterpane is the inscription “Bethiah D. Green” and on the basket at the top is “Begun October 2, 1796.” The date “1798” appears several times in the border. In addition to the many birds and floral motifs, other designs include the head of George Washington; his riderless horse; a milestone inscribed “12 miles to Boston;” and a pig. According to family tradition, this quilt was inspired by an event that Bethiah witnessed in 1789 when George Washington, passing through Weston, Massachusetts, was nearly thrown from his horse when a pig ran across the road.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
counterpane
date made
1796-1805
1796-1798
maker
Green, Bethiah D.
Physical Description
fabric, linen, cotton (overall material)
thread, linen, silk (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 103 in x 92 in; 261 cm x 234 cm
Place Made
United States: Massachusetts, Watertown
ID Number
TE*E388872
accession number
182022
catalog number
E388872
subject
Quilts
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
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