1900 - 1950 William Skinner and Sons Satin Quilted Square


This padded and quilted blue satin square, produced by William Skinner and Sons, was probably a sales model used at their New York City store. The sample is padded and hand quilted in a 2¾-inch grid pattern. Extra filling in the unquilted borders makes them higher than the quilted surface.

In the early 20th-century, William Skinner and Sons was a prominent silk production and textile manufacturer. From 1874 the manufacturing business was located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. After the death of the founder, William Skinner in 1902, his sons took over the business. The family sold the business to Indian Head Mills in 1961. This square is an example of “Skinner’s Satins,” as they were popularly known.

Date Made: 1900-1950

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: QuiltingManufacturing


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of William Skinner & Sons

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T07005Accession Number: 119013Catalog Number: T07005

Object Name: quiltcomforter

Physical Description: fabric, silk, satin (overall material)thread, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 23 in x 23 in; 58 cm x 58 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-bf58-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556305

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