1840 - 1850 Mahala Brown's Pieced Quilt

Description
A variety of plain-woven and roller-printed fabrics from the 1830s and 1840s were used to piece the “Whig’s Defeat” pattern for this quilt. Quilted feathered circles surround each motif, with an 8-petalled flower in the center of the motif. The 22-inch blocks are separated by 5-inch white strips. It is finished with a binding of printed cotton.
According to the donor her grandmother, Mahala Brown of Washington County, Tennessee, is the maker. Unfortunately no other information was given for the maker of this example of the “Whig’s Defeat.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1840-1850
maker
Brown, Mahala
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 93 in x 73 in; 236 cm x 185 cm
place made
United States: Tennessee, Washington
ID Number
TE*T16891.00S
catalog number
T16891.00S
accession number
308471
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Monnie Elizabeth Brown
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