1880 - 1886 Margaret Tormey's Crazy-patched Pillow Sham

This pillow sham is one of two that Margaret Tormey carefully crafted to match an 86-inch quilt top, dated 1886. Crazy patchwork frames a central focus of the Mayflower printed in shades of gray on satin. A 3 ½-inch blue velvet border is machine-stitched to the center. All three objects are in the Collection.
Margaret McNamara was born in Ireland (about 1835) and immigrated with her family to the United States about 1848. In 1861 she married Patrick Tormey, who was also born in Ireland (about 1835) and immigrated as a teenager. They lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. Patrick, a Civil War veteran, was keeper of the Brooklyn City Hall for many years. He died in 1900, and Margaret died in 1910.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sham, quilted
date made
Tormey, Margaret McNamara
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin, velvet (overall material)
thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
overall: 30 in x 32 in; 76 cm x 81 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Brooklyn
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Miriam M. Tormey

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