1887 Clara E. Houghton's Comforter

Description
"To be made for the Industrial Exhibition March 23-24 1887. H.H.S. Clara E. Houghton (Please return).” No other information was provided with the donation. A large Industrial Exhibition opened in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August 1886 and continued to be a huge success through 1887. A Clara Houghton was listed as a teacher in 1876 in Stearns County, Minnesota, (District 101) in the 1915 History of Stearns County, Minnesota, Vol. II by William Bell Mitchell. Probably the quilt was made in Minnesota and exhibited for a short time during the Exhibition.
Floral motifs in pink, brown, and blue, decorate the roller-printed cotton used for the central part of this comforter. Its 7½-inch border is roller-printed cotton with geometric motifs. It is not quilted, but tied every 5 inches with a heavy 3-ply S-twist cotton thread, keeping the cotton filling in place.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1887
maker
Houghton, Clara E.
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 89 in x 79 in; 225 cm x 199 cm
place made
United States: Minnesota, Stearns
ID Number
TE*T12725
accession number
238998
catalog number
T12725
subject
Quilting
Expositions and Fairs
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Carmichael

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