1820 Jane Torrence's Quilted and Stuffed Counterpane

1820 Jane Torrence's Quilted and Stuffed Counterpane

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Jane Paull Torrence made this quilted and stuffed counterpane about the time of her marriage in 1820 to William Ludlam Miller (1793-1867). Jane was born in Pennsylvania in 1796 or 1797. She and William lived in Port Perry, Pennsylvania and had nine children. Jane died in 1862 or 1863.
The quilted and stuffed counterpane has a center panel, 34 inches square, with stylized flowers and leaves in a four-lobed figure. The panel is surrounded by a 6-1/4-inch band of leaves and two 1-1/2-inch feathered bands. A 22-inch border, containing a meandering vine bearing grapes and flowers, frames the center with a narrow band of geometric figures along the edges. The counterpane has a white cotton lining and cotton filling. The 3-dimensional motifs are stuffed with cotton and cotton roving and outline quilted. The background is quilted with double diagonal grid and parallel diagonal lines patterns, ¼-inch apart. The quilting is 12 stitches per inch. There is no separate binding, the back is brought to the front and whip stitched. The stuffed work floral motifs and overall design of the all-white counterpane, is characteristic of many early 19th-century bedcovers.
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Object Name
date made
Torrence, Jane Paull
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
overall: 98 in x 101 in; 249 cm x 257 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of the descendants of Jane Paul Torrence through Mrs. Allen Davison
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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