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
date made
1890-1900
maker
Watson, Mary Way Dickson
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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
ID Number
1989.0268.01
catalog number
1989.0268.01
accession number
1989.0268
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Dickson Shrycock
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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