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1880 - 1890 Eva Shaw's Crazy-patch Piano Cover

1880 - 1890 Eva Shaw's Crazy-patch Piano Cover

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Description
This crazy-patch piano cover or runner was constructed of two rows of 12 ½-inch blocks pieced of silks, satins, velvet, and ribbon. The patches were embellished with embroidered, painted, and beadwork motifs. Among the decorations are painted flowers, a painted frog, printed and painted "Kate Greenaway" figures, and silk ribbon flowers. The blocks are constructed on muslin squares and held in place by embroidered fancy stitches. The lining is a loose-weave cotton, roller-printed with a floral and scroll design. The embroidered initials “E.S.” probably refer to Eva Gibbs Shaw, who made the piano cover.
Eva Gibbs was born in Iowa in 1859. She married William Shaw in 1885. They had two daughters and lived in Washington, D.C.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
piano cover
crazy patchwork
date made
1880-1890
maker
Shaw, Eva Gibbs
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
fabric, silk, satin, velvet (overall material)
thread, silk, cotton, chenille, metallic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 92 in x 30 in; 232 cm x 76 cm
ID Number
1990.0092.01
accession number
1990.0092
catalog number
1990.0092.01
Credit Line
Gift of Adelaide S. Earle
subject
Quilting
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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