1822 Margret Nolan's Embroidered Quilt

Description
Below the crewel embroidered basket of flowers in the center panel of this quilt is the cross-stitched inscription: “Margret Nowlan 1822.” The quilt was found in a trunk by renters of a house in Maumee, Ohio. It was noted that Margret Nowlan was a housekeeper whom the owner of the house married after his wife died. After he died, she remarried again, but no names were provided. The significance of the 1822 date is unknown.
Five borders frame the central motif. The two plain borders are composed of several pieces of white cotton fabric that had been previously used. Roller-printed cottons were used for the other three borders. Linen thread was used for the zigzag quilting pattern on this example of a framed center quilt.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1822
maker
Nowlan, Margaret
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, linen, cotton, wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 77 in x 73 in; 196 cm x 185 cm
Place Made
United States: Ohio, Maumee
ID Number
TE*T15089
catalog number
T15089
accession number
287859
subject
Quilts
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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