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Centennial Quilt Top

ca. 1875
Origin: America
OH: 86 in. x OW: 87 in.
Printed cottons
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2018.609.8
This is an almost square quilt of printed cottons in a pattern of four-patch in a square and one patch. The border is a printed cotton with a centennial print of liberty caps and bells. The squares containing the four patches feature two different pink fabrics, both featuring tiny dots and sprigs. The four patches within the squares consist of different combinations of white, brown, burgundy, and gray printed cottons. The one patch sections are made of different brown, burgundy, tan, and gray printed cottons. The edges of the quilt are unfinished. One edge is a selvedge.
Label:This quilt top, featuring a pattern of four-patch in a square and one patch, can be placed in time and space through one fabric alone. The border of the quilt top, with a print including liberty caps, bells, and the numbers 1876 and 1776, is a centennial print celebrating the 100th anniversary of the United States.
Provenance:Ex collection: Pat Nickols; no other provenance known