1880 - 1900 "Stars of Bethlehem" Silk Quilt

Description
The unknown maker of this quilt chose a traditional pieced pattern, but the fabrics make it memorable. The stars are all pieced of plain and patterned silk diamonds, with the center of the large star composed of black velvet alternating with gold-embroidered ivory satin. The combination of plain and patterned silks in the black background adds to the overall dramatic effect.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1880-1900
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin, velvet (overall material)
thread , silk, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 80 in x 77 in; 203 cm x 196 cm
ID Number
TE*T12091
accession number
54020
catalog number
T12091
subject
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John Cropper

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