1870 - 1880 Martha Jane Taylor's Parlor Throw

1870 - 1880 Martha Jane Taylor's Parlor Throw

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Martha Jane Taylor employed her needlework skills to create this chevron patterned parlor throw. According to the donors, her granddaughters, she died in 1882 after a long illness; possibly making this throw was a distraction for her as her health declined.
The 4-inch vertical bands made of strips of silk pieced in a chevron pattern are separated by 1 ½-inch silk ribbons. A 4-inch crazy-patched border with some embroidery frames the center. The lining consists of 30 square and rectangular fragments of a purple/black/white plaid silk fabric. The filling is cotton with an inner lining of cotton cloth. It is tied with purple and yellow silk.
Martha Jane Nicar was born in 1827 or 1828 in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1845 she married Carlo Reed Taylor (1821-1897) in Mishawaka, Indiana. Carlo R. Taylor was born in Lewiston, N.Y., but traveled and worked in many parts of the country. During the Civil War, according to the family, he was employed by the Confederate Army, possibly manufacturing all the printer’s ink for the Confederacy during that time. He was involved in businesses in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, among other places. They had five children. Martha died in South Bend, Indiana in 1882.
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Object Name
Date made
date made
1870 - 1880
Taylor, Martha Jane
place made
United States: Indiana, South Bend
Physical Description
fabric, silk, velvet, ribbon (overall material)
thread, silk, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 57 in x 49 in; 145 cm x 124 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Misses Alice and Martha Taylor
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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