Crazy quilt

about 1884

Object Place: Newport, Rhode Island, United States


192.2 x 173.3 cm (75 11/16 x 68 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk and cotton textiles; pieced, embroidered, appliquéd and painted

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Crazy quilt made of silk and cotton textiles woven in a variety of techniques including plain weave, twill, satin, and velvet; pieced, appliqued, machine patterned, painted, and embroidered with silk floss and beads; pieces cut in all shapes, sizes and colors, (one patch printed July 4, 1884), various designs include birds, fans, flowers, animals, figures. Backed with silk plain weave printed with red and yellow flower pattern. Said to have been made by Sarah and Rowena Bowen of Newport, Rhode Island.


Said to have been made by Rowena and Sarah Bowen who were daughters of Stephen (1795-1829); Passed down paternal line of the donor-- from wife of maker's brother, Stephen Bowen (1829-1888), Georgia Anna Richmond Bowen (1829-1898), to her son, Stephen Bowen (1869-1954), to donor

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Atherton Loring