1890 - 1891 Elizabeth Smedley's Silk Quilt

Description
Elizabeth Smedley made this silk quilt for the trousseau of her niece, Elizabeth Webster Smedley. She married Walter Brinton at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1891. Off white, grey, and tan are used to set off the simple design. Chevron pattern quilting is used for the vertical bands, and the border is quilted in a cable pattern. The whole imparts a quiet elegance typical of Quaker quilts of the 19th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1890-1891
maker
Smedley, Elizabeth Webster
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 84 in x 91 in; 213 cm x 232 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
1984.1059.01
catalog number
1984.1059.01
accession number
1984.1059
subject
Quakers
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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