1785 - 1800 White Family's Framed Medallion Embroidered Quilt


This complex pieced and embroidered medallion quilt came from the White family of the Westminster/Boston area. They were descendents of John White of Dorchester, England, who was instrumental in founding the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The quilt has a crewel-embroidered linen center in a floral pattern, framed by two rows of pieced-work, and an embroidery-on-linen border. One row of pieced work is composed of 4-inch blocks, some of which are made up of many smaller scraps. The second row is of 8-inch blocks pieced with two large triangles. The center and pieced borders are lined and quilted. The outer border is embroidered with large and small birds, flowers, and insects. No two are alike. Possibly the quilt was the work of more than one person.

Date Made: 1785-1800

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Quilting


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T14457Catalog Number: T14457Accession Number: 277126

Object Name: quilt

Physical Description: fabric, linen, cotton (overall material)thread, linen, wool (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 90 in x 90 in; 228 cm x 228 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-cc91-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556456

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