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1840 - 1845 Rebecca Diggs's Commemorative Appliqued Quilt Top

1840 - 1845 Rebecca Diggs's Commemorative Appliqued Quilt Top

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This cotton quilt top was found at a fair in Montgomery County, Maryland. The appliquéd designs of the blocks are similar to many found on Maryland album quilts of the mid-19th century. One block is signed in ink, “Rebecca Diggs.”
A log cabin with a barrel marked “Hard Cider” and a raccoon on the roof appears on another block. Variations of this motif were popular at the time and commemorated William Henry Harrison’s “log cabin and cider” presidential campaign of 1840. The symbols were originated by the opposition party, but Harrison turned the tables and utilized them to identify himself with the common man. He won the election only to die of pneumonia a month after his inauguration.
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date made
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United States: Maryland
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
overall: 87 in x 87 in; 220 cm x 222 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Miss Daisy Joseph
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Government, Politics, and Reform
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National Museum of American History
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