1800 - 1825 Dove-Cator Families "American Eagle" Quilt

Description
An appliquéd eagle motif is the central focus of this patriotic quilt of the early 19th century. The eagle has arrows in one talon, an olive branch in the other, symbolizing both desire for peace and readiness for war. It is a version of a symbol adopted by a resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1782 for the official seal.
Surrounding the 30 x 29-inch center are alternating blocks of pieced eight-pointed stars and plain white blocks. It is quilted at 8 stitches per inch. The “American Eagle” quilt was in the Dove-Cator families of Baltimore and Harford Counties, Md.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1800-1825
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, linen (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 89 in x 73 in; 225 cm x 184 cm
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore county
United States: Maryland, Harford
ID Number
TE*T15316
catalog number
T15316
accession number
293022
subject
Quilts
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Eagles
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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. Carrie T. Brown
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