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
date made
1825-1850
maker
unknown
place made
United States
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
ID Number
TE*T17335.000
catalog number
T17335.000
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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