1840 - 1860 Block-printed Cotton Quilt

Description
The top of this quilt is cotton, block printed and painted in England or France in the late 18th century. The floral, tree, and bird motifs were popular for fabrics at that time. Probably the fabric was originally used for bed furniture that included curtains at the sides, head, and foot, enclosing the whole bed. When these sets became worn, faded, or out-dated, the fabric was frequently recycled. The floral-designed, roller-printed fabric used for the lining is from the mid-19th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1840-1860
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, linen, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 93 in x 79 in; 237 cm x 201 cm
Place Made
unknown
ID Number
TE*T16394.000
catalog number
T16394
accession number
303663
1973.303663
subject
Quilts
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
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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. George Maurice Morris
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