1840 - 1860 Mrs. Tarlton's "Mosaic" Quilt Top

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Description
This “Mosaic” quilt top is made of 1 ½-inch hexagons pieced into flowers. Each is framed by a row of tiny diamonds and triangles. The center of each flower is a printed red morning-glory and the same roller-printed cotton is used for the small diamonds. According to donor information it was made by Mrs. Tarlton, and won a prize at a county fair in Vermont before the Civil War.
Mrs. Tarlton’s daughter, Nellie, married Captain McKeogh of New Orleans during the Civil War. She in turn gave the quilt to Miss Hannah Jane Seymour on the occasion of her marriage to Elliott Graham in 1891, the parents of the donor. Two of the white hexagons are inscribed “Graham” and “Hannah.” Unfortunately little is known of Mrs. Tarlton other than she moved to New Orleans with her daughter, Nellie.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1840-1860
maker
Tarlton, Mrs.
place made
United States: Vermont, Burlington
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 79 in x 71 in; 201 cm x 180 cm
ID Number
TE.T16838.000
catalog number
T16838.000
accession number
306524
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Pendleton E. Lehde
subject
Quilting
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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