1800 - 1820 Brown-Francis Family's Patriotic Quilt

Description
This early-nineteenth-century patriotic quilt was owned by members of the Brown-Frances family of Canterbury, Connecticut, before being donated to the Museum in 1947. The donor's grandmother had acquired possession of it along with other household furnishings that were in the eighteenth-century family homestead.
The focus of the quilt, the large center block, is an adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States. An appliquéd eagle holding an arrow in one claw and a leafy sprig in the other dominates the block A shield with fifteen stars that indicate the number of states from June 1, 1792 until June 1, 1796 is behind the eagle. Appliquéd floral and bird motifs complete the block. This center block is set in a field of 4¾-inch blocks alternately plain and pieced in a nine-patch variation. The fabrics include thirty-eight roller-printed, plain colored and white cottons. It is quilted in parallel diagonal lines ¾-inch apart, 7 or 8 stitches per inch. From the late-eighteenth century the American eagle motif has signified patriotism and sacrifice. This quilt by an unknown Canturbury, Connecticut, quilt maker displays a unique rendition of that powerful symbol.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1800-1820
quilter
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, linen, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 98 in x 95 in; 248 cm x 240 cm
ID Number
TE*T13505
accession number
168993
catalog number
T13505
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Normal L. Kilpatrick
subject
Patriotic
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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