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Object Name QUILT
Title Shelton Eight-Pointed Star Quilt
Catalog Number 0985.13.00885
Date ca. 1860
Description Top: Eight-pointed star pattern. Materials are multi-colored cotton, and possibly silk and/or wool, on white cotton background. (Fabrics date from ca. 1820-1860 and are almost entirely imported fabrics; appear to have been purchased for use in quilt, not remade from dresses, as evidenced by shiny, unwashed appearance. Sashing dates to ca. 1850.)
Interlining: Believed cotton.
Backing: White cotton.
Binding: Striped woven tape (1/4"; early form, used 1830-1850).
Stitching: Hand (very fine).
Material textile (cotton, silk, wool))
Dimensions W-104 L-105 inches
Owned Martha Loury Swann Shelton (tentative)
Made Martha Loury Swann Shelton, Louisa Co., VA (tentative)
Provenance Unknown; found in collection.

Possibly made by Martha Loury Swann Shelton of Louisa County, Virginia. She made it when a young lady, prior to her marriage at the age of 38 years old in June 1861. The quilt was made for an old high four-post bed. (Such a quilt was donated, and placed in the Virginia Room, but is otherwise unidentified. This quilt with a Virginia Room accession number has no history; it is believed they are the same quilt. See file for possible documentation. CMW 1/2011)
People Shelton, Martha Loury Swann (tentative)