1840 - 1860 "Palm Tree and Pheasant" Whole-cloth Quilt

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Description
This counterpane, or whole-cloth quilt is made of lengths and fragments of cotton, block-printed in England with a palm-tree-and-pheasant motif. A design very popular in the early nineteenth century. The printed fabric dates from 1820-1830, although the quilt was made in the mid-19th century. The lining consists of 36 pieces of plain-woven cotton with several different thread counts. A few pieces have rows of needle holes from previous use.
Written in ink on one piece is "E.L. (?) Hale P.” The quilting pattern consists of diagonal lines about 1 inch apart; 5-6 stitches per inch. The binding is a ¾-inch (finished) straight strip of roller-printed brown striped cotton seamed to the front, whipped to the lining. This quilt is an example of recycling fabrics, possibly bed furnishings, in the mid-19th century.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1840-1860
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 84 in x 83 in; 213 cm x 211 cm
ID Number
TE.T17328.000
catalog number
T17328.000
accession number
321804
Credit Line
Gift of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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