1790 - 1810 Whole Cloth Indigo quilt, Vermont

1790 - 1810 Whole Cloth Indigo quilt, Vermont

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This dark blue wool quilt has a center panel quilted with a pineapple motif with sprays of leaves surrounded by a leafy vine, pinwheels and band of simple stylized leaves. At the top, a 15-1/2" border is quilted with chevrons. The side and bottom borders, 17" wide, are quilted with a meandering vine. It has a tan wool lining and filling. No separate binding; top edge, front and lining turned in and sewn with running stitch; sides and bottom, front brought to back with running stitch. Additional quilting: parallel diagonal lines in the open spaces of center and borders, with chevrons in top border. Stitched 7 stitches/inch.
The wool for both the front and lining is said to have been raised on the farm of the Hon. James Udall of Hartford, Vermont, and carded, spun, and woven in the house. James Udall bred Merino sheep, Durham cattle, and Morgan horses. The donor is the grandson of James Udall.
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Object Name
date made
1790 - 1810
Place Made
United States: Vermont, Hartford
Physical Description
thread, wool (overall material)
fabric, wool (overall material)
overall: 95 in x 95 in; 241 cm x 241 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Henry K. Bush-Brown
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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