1900 Mary Watson's Pillow Cover


Mary Dickson Watson, quilted and corded the pink silk crepe pillow cover to match a baby carriage cover (1989.0268.02) that she made for her granddaughter, Mary Dickson Wilson, born in 1900. The quilting in the center quatrefoil depicts two rabbits with a butterfly and flowers. Each corner has a square outlined by corded quilting containing a flower.

Mary Way Dickson was born about 1840. She married Alexander Watson in 1859. Their daughter, Mary Dickson Watson, was born about 1865 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She married Adam Wilson in 1897 and it was for their daughter, Mary Dickson Wilson, that the pillow and carriage cover were made. In the 1900 census, Mary Dickson Watson, was living with them in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The recipient of the silk carriage and pillow cover later married Joseph Phipps. The items remained in the family until they were donated to the Collection in 1989.

Date Made: 1900

Maker: Watson, Mary Way Dickson

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

Subject: QuiltingChildren


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, Textiles, Domestic Furnishings, Quilts


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Credit Line: Gift of Mary Dickson Shryock

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0268.03Catalog Number: 1989.0268.03Accession Number: 1989.0268

Object Name: pillow cover, quilted

Physical Description: fabric, silk crepe (overall material)thread, silk (overall material)Measurements: overall: 14 in x 18 in; 36 cm x 46 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-bf7f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556218

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