1890 - 1900 Mary Watson's "Biscuit" Parlor Throw

1890 - 1900 Mary Watson's "Biscuit" Parlor Throw

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Description
This unfinished parlor throw or quilt was made in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, by Mary Dickson Watson (born about 1840). The raised or “biscuit” patchwork was done by basting 3 ½” silk squares to 2 ½” cotton squares with a pleat at the center of each side. Cotton batting was put under the center of each square. The covered squares were then machine-stitched together to make this colorful top.
date made
1890-1900
maker
Watson, Mary Way Dickson
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 55 in x 54 in; 140 cm x 137 cm
ID Number
1989.0268.01
catalog number
1989.0268.01
accession number
1989.0268
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Dickson Shrycock
subject
Quilting
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
Textiles
Exhibition
Everyday Luxury: Silk Quilts
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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