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Object Name QUILT
Title Davis Applique Quilt
Catalog Number 0985.05.00002
Date ca. 1870
Description Top: Crazy appliqué quilt (nine-square; patchwork). Embroidery; butterfly, flowers, First National and ANV flags, CS shield. Materials are silk and wool. Inscription above shield: “Pro Aris et Focis” ["For god and country", or literally “For our altars and our hearths").
Interlining: Believed cotton.
Backing: Silk.
Binding: Red silk.
Stitching: Hand and machine.
Material textile (silk, wool, cotton)
Dimensions W-50.75 L-52 inches
Owned Varina Banks Howell Davis
Made Varina Howell Davis, 1870-1880
Provenance Varina Howell Davis designed and made this silk quilt. "A beautiful silk quilt made by Mrs. Jefferson Davis, with Confederate flags in each corner." "The oak leaves meaning -- the long lived evergreen -- growth and dignity of the Confederacy. The ivy -- the faithful loyal binding together of a warrior people. The passion flower and bleeding heart -- the suffering heroines of the Southern cause and people. The olive -- of the peace of the future to a cause that lost but held its victors crown of peace. And the butterfly -- the soul of the Confederacy beautiful and immortal. The flags are of course the various ones used as changed by necessity and the shield was, I think, that of the Confederate States."
People Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Search Terms flag imagery
Subjects Butterflies
women
civilians
Blankets