1800 - 1840 Lucy Shepherd's Wool Quilt

Deep red and blue 11-inch squares were set diagonally, checkerboard fashion, to create this example of an early 19th century wool quilt. Each square is quilted with a floral or geometric motif. In total twenty-two different patterns, quilted 6 stitches per inch, were used.
Lucy Addison was born in New Hampshire about 1808 or 1809 and married John Shepherd (or Shepard) in 1833. The quilt may have been made in New Hampshire, but according to censuses, after they were married they lived in Phillipston, Worcester County, Massachusetts, the rest of their lives. They had one son, Timothy Addison Shepherd, born in 1836, and it was his descendent, a great-grandson of Lucy and John, who donated the quilt in 1964.
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Object Name
date made
Shepherd, Lucy Addison
Physical Description
fabric, wool (overall material)
thread, cotton, linen (overall material)
filling, wool (overall material)
overall: 97 in x 97 in; 245 cm x 246 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Phillipston
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accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Harold H. Shepard
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