1880 - 1890 Martha Thomas's "Fan" Parlor Throw

Description
The fan motif, often found on crazy-patchwork, is the dominant pattern for the twenty-five, 10-inch blocks composed of a variety of silk, satin, velvet, and taffeta fabrics. Both machine and hand-stitched blocks are joined with a chain stitch by machine. The original binding or border was removed before it was donated to the Museum in 1963, by the Sewing Group, Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Martha Ada Mumma was born July 7, 1859. She married Jacob Emmanuel Thomas (1852-1908) in 1879. They were both born and married in Washington County, Md., and later lived in Baltimore, where their two sons were born. Martha died in Maryland in 1943. Her parlor throw is an example of late 19th-century needlework, exhibiting both hand and machine stitching.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1880-1890
maker
Thomas, Martha Ada
place made
United States: Maryland
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin, velvet, taffeta (overall material)
thread; cotton, silk (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 52 in x 52 in; 131 cm x 131 cm
ID Number
TE.T12914
accession number
245859
catalog number
T12914
Credit Line
Gift of the Sewing Group, Emmanuel Episcopel Church
subject
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
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Quilts
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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