1866 - 1900 "One Patch" Pieced Quilt Top


The maker of this quilt top, who is unknown, used samples of many late nineteenth-century-fabrics. The quilt top was part of a donation to the Smithsonian by G. Ruth McHenry in 1961. It may have been in the family of Jane Winter Price, who made a “Carpenter’s Wheel” quilt that is also in the Collection.

The quilt top, pieced in the one-patch “Tumbler” or “Flower Pot” pattern, is made of many printed cottons, over 500 different patterns. Nineteenth-century geometric, floral, and polka-dot roller printed cottons are well represented. Both printed and woven striped, checked, and plaid fabrics also contribute to the design. Novelty roller-prints such as dogs’ heads, scallop shells, horseshoes, and ribbons-and-bows can be found on the quilt top. The variety in fabrics makes the quilt top a useful object for study.

Date Made: 1866-1900

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: World

Subject: Quilting


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Credit Line: Gift of Miss G. Ruth McHenry

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T12700Accession Number: 238478Catalog Number: T12700

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 89 in x 69 in; 225 cm x 175 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-c5c0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556395

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