1850 - 1875 Rachel Burr Corwin's Whole Cloth Comforter

Most likely this comforter (wadded bed quilt) was the product of Rachel Burr Corwin. The Collection contains three pieced-work quilts and two “comforts,” as well as her spinning wheel, initialed “RC,” and sheets and pillowcases for which she is said to have spun the linen. This particular comforter with a cotton filling also contained a complete, well-worn, pieced quilt (1840 - 1860 Rachel Burr Corwin's "Variable Star" Quilt, TE*T07116.00B). Recycling a worn-out quilt in this way provided a very warm bed covering.
One side of the comforter consists of six rectangular pieces of plain-woven cotton, roller-printed in brown and green on ivory. Long-tailed birds, hanging ornamental urns and flowering branches made up the fabric design. The other side consists of three lengths of plain-woven cotton, roller-printed undulating vertical stripes in rust, brown, and tan. It was tied with 3-ply red wool.
Rachel Burr, daughter of Samuel Burr and Sibyl Scudder Burr of Massachusetts, was born March 3, 1788. She married Samuel Corwin of Orange County, New York, October 14, 1809. They had four children. Needlework examples by one of their daughters, Celia, are also in the Collection. Rachel Burr Corwin died March 14, 1849, in Orange County, New York.
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Object Name
date made
Corwin, Rachel Burr
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, wool (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 92 in x 74 in; 234 cm x 188 cm
place made
United States: New York, Orange
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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 Mrs. Daniel Gardner

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