1880 - 1900 Orrie Belle Little's Crazy Patch Parlor Throw


Crazy-patched square and rectangular blocks were assembled to make Orrie Little’s Parlor Throw. The four corner blocks are made entirely of ribbons. A variety of silks, satins and velvets were used for the other blocks. The lining is a brown-and-black stripe printed fabric. The binding is made of 12 different ¾-inch ribbons, seamed to the lining and whip-stitched to the front. Embroidery is used to embellish the edges of the patches and along the bound edge.

Information given with the donation suggested a possible maker as the grandmother of the donor, Julia E. Harris Little of Hampton, New Hampshire (1828 – 1875). More likely the maker was Orrie Belle Little, Julia’s daughter and the donor’s mother. Orrie was born March 18, 1858 in Hampstead, New Hampshire. She taught music before marrying Edwin S. Pressey in 1887. He was a Congregational minister and they had two children: Sidney and Julia (donor). The variety of fabrics and the examples of embroidery stitches (herringbone, chain, feather, straight, detached chain, and, seed) make it a nice example of fancy needlework at the end of the 19th century.

Date Made: 1880-1900

Maker: Little, Orrie Belle

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Hampshire, Hampton

Subject: Quilting


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Credit Line: Gift of Miss Julia C. Pressey

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T11458Accession Number: 211580Catalog Number: T11458

Object Name: quiltThrow, Pieced

Physical Description: fabric, silk, satin, velvet, ribbon, cotton (overall material)thread, silk, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 68 in x 68 in; 173 cm x 173 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-be2e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556376

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