Mariner's compass bed quilt

American
1840–50


Object Place: New England, United States

Dimensions

232 x 231 cm (91 5/16 x 90 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1999.248

Medium or Technique

Cotton; plain weave, printed, pieced and quilted, plain weave backing

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Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Mariner’s Compass (term in use since 1790s) patterned quilt of nine squares with thirty two points each. White cotton background printed with small brown chevrons, squares bordered with red cotton printed with yellow and brown flowers, Mariner’s Compass made of yellow, red, and indigo small-patterned chintzes. Reverse applique in center of compass, hand-pieced and quilted.

Inscription

Inscription (in pen, on back): "Presented to Miss Fanny W. Johnson by her mother Elmira Farnsworth."

Provenance

Presented to Mrs. Fanny W. Johnson by her mother Elmira Farnsworth; inherited by donor in mid-1970s

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George C. Seybolt