1890 - 1900 Mary Watson's "Biscuit" Parlor Throw

Description
This unfinished parlor throw or quilt was made in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, by Mary Dickson Watson (born about 1840). The raised or “biscuit” patchwork was done by basting 3 ½” silk squares to 2 ½” cotton squares with a pleat at the center of each side. Cotton batting was put under the center of each square. The covered squares were then machine-stitched together to make this colorful top.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1890-1900
maker
Watson, Mary Way Dickson
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 55 in x 54 in; 140 cm x 137 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
ID Number
1989.0268.01
catalog number
1989.0268.01
accession number
1989.0268
subject
Quilts
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Dickson Shrycock

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.