Crochet Bedcover

A white cotton bedcover with an American eagle, shield and flag motif and the dates 1776-1876 in the center. The overall design also included birds, grapes, floral wreaths, and the initials "A.R." and a border of flowers, tassels, and scallops. It is 59” x 56” with fringe, made by Anna Daniels Rundquist (Mrs. Alfred E.) in 1876 to mark the birth of her first child and the nation’s Centennial. She was born in Sweden March 1856 and immigrated to the United States in 1873 and in 1874 married Alfred Rundquist in Elgin, IL. They had three children – Alfred W, Olga, and Vanja. Alfred was an employee of the Elgin National Watch Company. She died sometime between 1920 and 1930.
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Object Name
overall: 56 in x 59 in; 142.24 cm x 149.86 cm
made at
United States
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Victorian Needlework
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
GIft of Vanja E. Rundquist

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