1880 - 1900 "Crazy-patchwork" Parlor Throw

Description
Thirty 10-inch blocks were carefully crafted of velvet and plush fabrics to create this crazy-patchwork parlor throw. All types of velvets are represented; plain, cut, embossed, striped, silk with velvet stripes, and velvet ribbon. The effect is of a three-dimensional surface. Each block is constructed on a cotton foundation and enhanced with various embroidery stitches. The throw has a cotton fiber filling. The lining or backing fabric is a challis or delaine, roller-printed with a floral motif. The throw is bound on all sides with a straight strip of black silk satin fabric. The fabrics used in this piece represent the range of velvets and plushes (silk pile fabrics) available to the upper middle classes in America.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1880-1900
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric, velvet, silk, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton. silk (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 70 in x 52 in; 178 cm x 131 cm
ID Number
TE.T12601
accession number
220211
catalog number
T12601
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. H. B. (Clara Babcock) Blackmar
subject
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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