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
date made
1720-1734
maker
Alcock, Jane
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin weave (overall material)
thread, silk (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 93 in x 65 in; 236 cm x 165 cm
ID Number
1985.0154.01
catalog number
1985.0154.01
accession number
1985.0154
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Merriam
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

This was also my grandmother, and I'm always amazed at how strong not just the men in our family were, but the women as well. Beautiful to see her work in a museum!
"What a gift it is to me to see the personal work of my grandmother's family, Mrs.William Atlee."

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