1900 - 1905 Pocahontas Virginia Gay's Quilt

Description
Named the “The Pocahontas Quilt” by the family of the maker, Pocahontas Virginia Gay, it is a wool counterpane that displays both her design and needlework skills. The thirty-six 11-inch blocks are appliquéd with motifs cut mainly from wool fabrics. These are further embellished with embroidery, silk fabrics, ribbon, and details in pencil or ink.
Pocahontas based her motifs on popular illustrations of sentimental vignettes and Southern heroes, as well as the Victor dog trademark adopted in 1901 by the Victor Talking Machine Company. Proud to be a seventh-generation descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, she included a likeness of the Indian princess as she appears in a 17th-century engraving frequently reproduced in genealogies.
Pocahontas Gay, or “Aunt Poca” as she was known to family, was born in Virginia on September 5, 1831. She was the daughter of Neil Buchanan Gay and his wife Martha Talley. She never married and lived at Mill Farm in Fluvanna County, Va. She died on October 14,1922.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1900-1905
maker
Gay, Pocahontas Virginia
Physical Description
fabric: wool, silk, cotton (overall material)
thread: cotton, silk, wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 68 in x 67 in; 173 cm x 169 cm
Place Made
United States: Virginia, Fluvanna
ID Number
TE*T11694
accession number
225103
catalog number
T11694
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 Mrs. Edward McGarvey
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