1881-1882 Clarissa Wright Lord's Silk Patchwork Pieces

1881-1882 Clarissa Wright Lord's Silk Patchwork Pieces

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A collection (photo shows an example) of diamond-shaped patches for a silk quilt. The 2 3/4" silk diamonds are basted over paper templates cut from letters, plain paper, prayer books or church bulletins, advertising cards, and envelopes postmarked Boston and Cambridge, 1881 and 1882. Many of the patches are joined into small sections of various sizes and shapes by overcasting on wrong side. In addition there are 6 unused paper templates and about 3 pounds of silk fabric remnants. One large pieced section and all of the smaller sections show that the ultimate pattern was to be colored 6-pointed stars with intervening black diamonds. There is also one pieced section in which there are no black diamonds and no organized system of color. Other small sections and one larger block are in the Tumbling Blocks pattern. Probably begun by Clarissa Wright Lord for her daughter Sarah who married Robert B. Hall, a minister in Wolfboro, New Hampshire and Cambridgeport, MA.
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Object Name
Quilt Pieces
date made
place made
United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
fabric, silk (overall material)
thread, silk, cotton (overall material)
overall: 2.75;
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Miss Elizabeth Plimpton
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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