1810 Ann Eayre's Quilted Counterpane

1810 Ann Eayre's Quilted Counterpane

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Below a pair of hearts at the bottom of this counterpane is the quilted inscription: Ann L Eayre / September 28 / 1810". Ann Eayre was born in 1776, married Hewlings, and died in 1851. The significance of the date is not known.
The quilted counterpane has a large spray of flowers in the center (lily, carnation, tulip, rose, peony) enclosed in a feathered oval. Outside of this are four large baskets of flowers and a meandering row of linked double circles. This in turn is framed by a grape vine motif which is tied in a bow at the bottom of the quilt. The extreme outer edges have a 2-inch band of simple leaves. It has a white cotton lining and cotton filling. In addition to the quilted motifs, the background is quilted in parallel lines 3/8 inch apart, 9 stitches/inch. No separate binding was used, instead the back is brought to front (1/8 inch) and whip stitched. It is a typical example of early 19th century white work, both in technique and in the motifs chosen for the design.
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Object Name
date made
Eayre, Ann L.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Mount Holly
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 103 in x 104 in; 262 cm x 264 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Hannah E. Thompson
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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