1900 Mary Watson's Pillow Cover

Mary Dickson Watson, quilted and corded the pink silk crepe pillow cover to match a baby carriage cover (1989.0268.02) that she made for her granddaughter, Mary Dickson Wilson, born in 1900. The quilting in the center quatrefoil depicts two rabbits with a butterfly and flowers. Each corner has a square outlined by corded quilting containing a flower.
Mary Way Dickson was born about 1840. She married Alexander Watson in 1859. Their daughter, Mary Dickson Watson, was born about 1865 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She married Adam Wilson in 1897 and it was for their daughter, Mary Dickson Wilson, that the pillow and carriage cover were made. In the 1900 census, Mary Dickson Watson, was living with them in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The recipient of the silk carriage and pillow cover later married Joseph Phipps. The items remained in the family until they were donated to the Collection in 1989.
Currently not on view
Object Name
pillow cover, quilted
date made
Watson, Mary Way Dickson
Physical Description
fabric, silk crepe (overall material)
thread, silk (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 18 in; 36 cm x 46 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Dickson Shryock

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