Pillow Sham

A pillow sham with red braid carefully stitched to it in a pattern. In the center are the letter “P” and two floral and leaf motifs. A stamping block was used to transfer the border design to the fabric. The lines of an earlier design are still on the fabric. In the 1850’s and 1860’s ads in Godey’s Lady’s Book mention that the blocks were used for braiding.
Currently not on view
Object Name
braidwork pillow sham
Norris, Phebe Smith
made at
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Victorian Needlework
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Victorian Needlework
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Edna Plummer

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