1855 - 1865 Sara Ann Mellon's Appliqued Quilt

Description
According to family information, Sara Ann Mellon crafted this quilt before her marriage to Robert Dickey in 1864. Nine 16-inch blocks are appliqued with stylized star flowers, oak leaves, and sprigs of berries. The berry stems are accentuated with chain stitch embroidery. It was said that the meandering vine in the border was stitched with a hand-turned sewing machine, all the other stitching is by hand.
Sara Ann Mellon was born February 18, 1841 in Cameron, Marshall County, Virginia (now West Virginia). She married Robert Dickey (1836-1909), a veteran of the 6th West Virginia Infantry. He enlisted in 1861. Severely wounded in the summer of 1864, he was discharged in the fall. He and Sara married December 22, 1864, in Greene County, Pennsylvania. They had three children: George W., Clara, and John H. Sara died in 1927.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1855-1865
maker
Mellon, Sara Ann
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 77 in x 72 in; 196 cm x 183 cm
place made
United States: West Virginia, Cameron
ID Number
TE*T13666
catalog number
T13666
accession number
262261
subject
Quilting
Domestic Furnishings
Textiles
Quilts
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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 Mrs. Robert Dickey Burley
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