1720 - 1734 Jane Alcock's Silk Applique Counterpane

1720 - 1734 Jane Alcock's Silk Applique Counterpane

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According to family information, Jane Alcock made this counterpane in a convent school in England a few years before running away to Barbados and marrying William Atlee (1696-1744) on June 1, 1734. A few weeks later the couple settled in Philadelphia. Jane was born in 1695 in England and died in 1777 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The scrollwork-and-flower design is appliquéd, held in place by a linen-thread cord, on a dark blue satin ground. The elegant counterpane remained in the family until its donation in 1985.
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Object Name
date made
Alcock, Jane
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin weave (overall material)
thread, silk (overall material)
overall: 93 in x 65 in; 236 cm x 165 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Merriam
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I have done needlework for most of my life and I have high regard for others who do it. The appliqued coverlet here is remarkable as a creation and a remarkable example of what a young person could do.
This was also my grandmother, and I'm always amazed at how strong not just the men in our family were, but the women as well. Beautiful to see her work in a museum!
"What a gift it is to me to see the personal work of my grandmother's family, Mrs.William Atlee."

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