1880 - 1890 Eva Shaw's Crazy-patch Piano Cover

This crazy-patch piano cover was constructed of two rows of 12 ½-inch blocks pieced of silks, satins, velvet, and ribbon. The patches were embellished with embroidered, painted, and beadwork motifs. Among the decorations are painted flowers, a painted frog, printed and painted "Kate Greenaway" figures, and silk ribbon flowers. The blocks are constructed on muslin squares and held in place by embroidered fancy stitches. The lining is a loose-weave cotton, roller-printed with a floral and scroll design. The embroidered initials “E.S.” probably refer to Eva Gibbs Shaw, who made the piano cover.
Eva Gibbs was born in Iowa in 1859. She married William Shaw in 1885. They had two daughters and lived in Washington, D.C.
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano cover
crazy quilt
date made
Shaw, Eva Gibbs
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin, velvet (overall material)
thread, silk, cotton, chenille, metallic (overall material)
overall: 92 in x 30 in; 232 cm x 76 cm
place made
United States: District of Columbia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Adelaide S. Earle
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