1920 - 1930 Bertha Bork's Pieced Comfort

Description
Bertha Bork made this pieced and tied comfort for her grand-daughter, Betty Jane Meggers. She machine pieced 25 blocks in a variation of the “Pride of Holland” pattern for the quilt top. It is wool-filled and tied with multi-colored wool yarns. A colorful cotton paisley lining adds to this bright and lively tied quilt or comfort.
Bertha Bork was born in Pomerania, Germany in 1866. She married John Meggers and emigrated about 1872 to Clintonville, Wisconsin. They farmed and raised two children, William Frederick and Clara. William (1888-1966) was a well-known physicist. The quilt was made for his daughter, Betty (1921-2012), who was a noted archeologist.
Bertha divorced in 1910 and married Peter Monty. She died in 1941 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Clintonville, Wisconsin.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
comfort
Object Type
comfort
date made
1920-1930
maker
Bork, Bertha
Physical Description
fabric; cotton (overall material)
thread; cotton, wool (overall material)
filling; wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 80 in x 76 in; 203 cm x 193 cm
place made
United States: Wisconsin, Clintonville
ID Number
TE*T17157
catalog number
T17157.000
accession number
314637
subject
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
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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 Edith R. Meggers
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