1720 - 1734 Jane Alcock's Silk Applique Counterpane

Description
According to family information, Jane Alcock made this counterpane in a convent school in England a few years before running away to Barbados and marrying William Atlee (1696-1744) on June 1, 1734. A few weeks later the couple settled in Philadelphia. Jane was born in 1695 in England and died in 1777 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The scrollwork-and-flower design is appliquéd, held in place by a linen-thread cord, on a dark blue satin ground. The elegant counterpane remained in the family until its donation in 1985.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
counterpane
coverlet
date made
1720-1734
maker
Alcock, Jane
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin weave (overall material)
thread, silk (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 93 in x 65 in; 236 cm x 165 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
1985.0154.01
catalog number
1985.0154.01
accession number
1985.0154
subject
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Quilts
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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 Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Merriam

Visitor Comments

6/27/2016 9:31:33 PM
Nancy Taylor
What a gift it is to me to see the personal work of my grandmother's family, Mrs.William Atlee.
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