1820 - 1840 Alston Family's Framed Center Quilt

Description
This fine example of a framed center quilt belonged to the Alston family and came from the Fairfield-on-the-Waccamaw plantation near Georgetown County, South Carolina.
The center is composed of three block-printed squares. These were specifically designed and produced in the first half of the 19th century to be used as quilt centers or for cushion covers. The center of the quilt is framed by five borders cut from printed floral stripe cottons, each with a tiny geometric band. A sixth border is appliquéd with flowers and birds cut from various glazed chintzes.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1820-1840
quilter
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 116 in x 115 in; 295 cm x 291 cm
Place Made
United States: South Carolina, Georgetown
ID Number
TE*T11666
accession number
225700
catalog number
T11666
subject
Quilts
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
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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 Pinckney Alston Trapier
Related Publication
Bowman, Doris M.. The Smithsonian Treasury of American Quilts
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