1825 - 1850 Lord Nelson Pieced Quilt

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Description
One particular fabric among the many on this quilt is a cotton, block-printed in blue, rust, and dark brown. It is a Lord Nelson commemorative print with "SACRED TO NELSON" printed on a monument. It is printed from a 10 ½-inch wood block. Nelson commemoratives were printed very soon after his death in 1806, but this appears to be a later version, c. 1830, because of the dyes used. Other fabrics are roller-printed cotton florals and geometrics, some in several colorways. The lining consists of three lengths of plain-woven ivory cotton. The binding (finished) is a straight strip of printed cotton seamed to the front, whipped to the lining. This pieced quilt consists of alternating 5 ¾-inch pieced blocks made of 4 equal triangles and 5 ¾-inch plain blocks made of printed cottons. The variety of fabrics makes this a vibrant quilt example of the period.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1825-1850
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 101 in x 105 in; 257 cm x 267 cm
ID Number
TE.T17325.000
catalog number
T17325.000
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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