1825 - 1850 "Diamond" Pieced Silk Quilt

Description
With an astute arrangement of the colors of the diamond shaped pieces, a framed center design was achieved on this example of a mid-nineteenth century silk quilt. Silk diamond-shaped patches, 2-1/4 inches long, are pieced in straight vertical rows. A wide variety of silks are represented; plain, ribbed, checked, brocaded, printed, pattern-woven, plaid, and striped. The “frame” is an 8-inch brown silk border, quilted in a wave pattern. There is outline quilting on most of the diamonds. It is quilted at 8 stitches per inch. The quilt has a cotton filling and is lined with a plaid cotton. This colorful silk quilt was said to be found in Bremen, Maine, but no other information was given.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1825-1850
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, silk, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 80 in x 66 in; 203 cm x 168 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T17335.000
catalog number
T17335.000
accession number
321804
subject
Quilts
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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