1850 - 1875 Elenor Dolen's Quilt Top

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Description
This quilt top has a binding, but no filling or lining. Perhaps it was meant to be lined and quilted; instead the edges were bound, making it a light-weight bedcover. Pieced and appliquéd techniques provide the frame for a central panel that resembles a small sampler.
Delicate silk embroidery depicts a leafy harp surrounded by hearts, trees topped with red crested birds, potted plants, and the inscription, “Elenor Dolen Roxbury.” Most likely it refers to Roxbury, Massachusetts. The quilt top was donated by a collector of early American domestic furnishings.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1850-1875
maker
unknown
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston, Roxbury
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 76 in x 76 in; 193 cm x 193 cm
ID Number
TE.E388875
accession number
182022
catalog number
E388875
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
subject
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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