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1874 William Barnard's Pieced Crib Quilt

1874 William Barnard's Pieced Crib Quilt

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This child or crib quilt was made for William Barnard in 1874. He was born in September 1874 and died in December 1890. The quilt was made either by his mother, Ruth Ann Pettibone Barnard (1852-1945), or grandmother, Eliza Hackley Pettibone (1821-1913). Or it may have been a joint project. Ruth Ann lived in Washington D.C. and her mother, Eliza, in Crown Point, Indiana.
Nine-patch blocks, 3 ½-inch square, are pieced with printed red and white and plain white cottons. These alternate with plain white blocks. The printed red and white fabrics are roller-printed with a variety of designs. The simple Nine-patch quilt shows wear and use, but was kept in the family until it was donated in 1961.
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Object Name
Quilt, Crib
Date made
Barnard, Thomas
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 38 in x 24 in; 97 cm x 61 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. David Leonard Wells
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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