1883 - 1884 William Corcoran's States and Territories Bed Cover

Description
Fifty-six squares were embroidered, painted, crazy-patched, assembled, and surrounded by a 9-inch plush border. The blocks represent the states and territories of the United States at the time the bedcover was made; some are dated 1883 and 1884. The bedcovering was made for William Wilson Corcoran (1798-1888), whose initials, WWC, are embroidered in the center of the gold silk lining. It hung for many years in the Louise Home, a charitable institution for elderly women in need, which he established in 1870. Among his many other accomplishments is the founding of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1883-1884
quilter
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin, taffeta, velvet, plush, brocade, ribbon (overall material)
thread, silk, chenille, metallic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 111 in x 105 in; 282 cm x 265 cm
Place Made
United States: District of Columbia
ID Number
TE*T13234
accession number
251664
catalog number
T13234
subject
Quilts
Textiles
Government, Politics, and Reform
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of The Louise Home
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