1840 - 1860 "Rose of Sharon" Applique Quilt

Description
Even though this appliquéd quilt has no known maker, nor specific place of origin, it is a fine example of mid-nineteenth-century quilt making. It consists of nine 23-inch blocks, the center and four corner blocks are appliquéd with a large variation of the Rose of Sharon pattern. Four other blocks are quilted and stuffed motifs popular at the time; an eagle with a shield and flags, an eagle with arrows and an olive branch, a grape-vine and a basket of fruit. The 12-inch border of the quilt is appliquéd with swags and roses. Also on the border are thirty-six small quilted and stuffed motifs of birds on branches, flowers, and grapes.The fabrics used are roller printed cottons. The background is closely quilted with diagonal lines, 12 to 13 stitches per inch. Many of the motifs found on this quilt expressed patriotism and often embellished quilts as well as other household items in the nineteenth century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
Object Type
quilts
Date made
1840-1860
quilter
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, none (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 94 in x 95 in; 237 cm x 242 cm
ID Number
TE*T12918
accession number
246047
catalog number
T12918
subject
Eagles
Flowers
Birds
Hair ornaments
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Stewart Dickson
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