1849 Jane Barr's Floral Appliqued Quilt


A quilted and stuffed block on this mid-nineteenth-century quilt bears the inscription “JANE BARR JULY 1849.” Although a gift to the Smithsonian from her niece, Nancy Angelina Ross of Mars, Pennsylvania, in 1954, little more is known about Jane or the significance of the date.

The quilt is composed of 12-inch blocks appliquéd with crossed flowers. Red-, green- and yellow-ground roller-printed fabrics were used for the design. The pattern has characteristics of both “Meadow Daisy” and “Mexican Rose” motifs. Intervening white blocks are elaborately quilted in different geometric and floral motifs, 9 stitches per inch. A flowering vine delineates the border of this beautifully crafted quilt from Pennsylvania.

Date Made: 1849

Maker: Barr, Jane

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania

Subject: Quilting


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Nancy Angeline Ross

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T11101Accession Number: 201232Catalog Number: T11101

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, cotton (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 89 in x 87 in; 226 cm x 220 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-c2e4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556363

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