1887 Mehitable Ware's Crazy-patch Parlor Throw

“Commenced Jan 12th 1887. San Rafael . . . Finished March 12th 1887. . . M. M. Ware” is embroidered on this parlor throw composed of nine 21 ½-inch crazy-patch blocks. Many satin and velvet ribbons with California references are found among typical motifs such as a horseshoe, a fan, flowers, owls, bicycles, etc. A variety of embroidery stitches in many colors of silk thread decorate the throw. A red velvet 7-inch border and a red cotton lining complete it.
Mehitable (Mettie) Babcock was born in Vermont in 1816. She taught school from the age of 14 until she married Preserved Ware (1811-1885) in 1836. They had eight children and from 1868 they lived in California, where Mehitable Ware died in 1897.
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Object Name
date made
Ware, Mettie Mehitable Babcock
Physical Description
fabric, silk, velvet, satin, ribbon (overall material)
thread, silk, cotton (overall material)
overall: 79 in x 79 in; 199 cm x 199 cm
Place Made
United States: California, San Rafael
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Mildred Marvin Fly

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