1790 - 1810 Block-printed Reversible Quilt

1790 - 1810 Block-printed Reversible Quilt

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Description
A delightful pattern of squirrels and birds on sinuous branches is block-printed in the central area of the counterpane that is one side of this reversible quilt. The squirrel-and-bird motif is framed by a 10 1/2-inch border, also block-printed in tan, brown and orange, of swags of fruit and tassels. Inscribed in ink in a corner: “$71.15” ? (line drawn under) and “$4.50”. Might this have been the charge to block-print?
The reverse side is pieced, composed of alternating vertical strips of floral block-printed and roller-printed fabrics. The quilt is filled with cotton and quilted in a chevron pattern, 6 stitches per inch.
The quilt and counterpane (1995.0008.02) with similar block prints were found in New York State. An analysis of the placement of the printed patterns on the fabric, and in the sequences of the printing and assembling, indicate the possibility of a local artisan printing variations to order.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1790-1810
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, linen (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 96 in x 84 in; 244 cm x 212 cm
ID Number
1995.0008.01
accession number
1995.0008
catalog number
1995.0008.01
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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