1840 - 1860 Susan Ladson McPherson's Appliqued Quilt

Description
“It [quilt] was made 125 years ago in Charleston, S.C., by my great-grandmother, Susan Ladson McPherson. It is in perfect condition as it has evidently never been used, only hoarded as an heirloom. I have no daughter to leave it to and it is too large and elaborate for everyday use.” So wrote the donor in 1943.
The original quilt had the center floral wreath encircled by rose vines with a few appliqued flowers around the edge. At a later point appliques were removed (evidenced by many needle-holes) and others added to the center (scrolled frames and vases of flowers) as well as roller-printed cotton borders.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1840-1860
maker
McPherson, Susan Ladson
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 99 in x 99 in; 251.46 cm x 251.46 cm
place made
United States: South Carolina, Charleston
ID Number
TE*T08886
accession number
165195
catalog number
T08886
subject
Textiles
Quilting
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. E.G. McFadden
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