1790 - 1810 Block-printed Reversible Quilt

Description
A delightful pattern of squirrels and birds on sinuous branches is block-printed in the central area of the counterpane that is one side of this reversible quilt. The squirrel-and-bird motif is framed by a 10 1/2-inch border, also block-printed in tan, brown and orange, of swags of fruit and tassels. Inscribed in ink in a corner: “71.15” (line drawn under) and “$4.50”. Might this have been the charge to block-print?
The reverse side is pieced, composed of alternating vertical strips of floral block-printed and roller-printed fabrics. The quilt is filled with cotton and quilted in a chevron pattern, 6 stitches per inch.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1790-1810
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, linen (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 96 in x 84 in; 244 cm x 212 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
1995.0008.01
accession number
1995.0008
catalog number
1995.0008.01
subject
Quilts
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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