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Object Name QUILT
Title Spear Patchwork Quilt
Catalog Number 0985.09.00006
Date 1865
Description Top: Sampler pattern (pieced); patchwork; embroidery. Materials are cotton and silk.
Interlining: Plain-weave with cotton or wool charpie padding.
Backing: Blue plaid silk taffeta. Pieced from six panels ( 1 panel, 8 ¾"; 5 panels, 16 ½"; 1 panel, 3 5/8").
Binding: Blue silk.
Stitching: Believed hand; hand-embroidered.
Material textile (silk, cotton)
Dimensions W-97.25 L-99 inches
Owned Mrs. M. E. Lewis of Tarboro, NC; Jefferson Davis
Made Maria Spear and Ladies of Fayetteville, North Carolina
Provenance The Ladies of Fayetteville, North Carolina made this historical quilt in 1865 and presented it to Jefferson Davis. 405 (or 300) raffle tickets were sold at one dollar each for the purpose of raising a Confederate monument in Fayetteville. Mrs. M. E. Lewis of Tarboro, North Carolina won the raffle and gave the quilt to Mr. Davis. The monument built with the funds of the raffle was dedicated in December 1868. The quilt raffle was the idea of Miss Maria Spear; every Friday afternoon, the ladies and school girls met with Miss Spear at the residence of Mr. Charles Beatty Mallett, Miss Spear being an Englishwoman and a teacher for his children. She designed and drew the embroidery pattern on each square, no two being alike. There were 3,000 squares, the bits of silk being contributed by the ladies and artfully blended by Miss Spear. The quilt was exhibited in a Wilmington store until the 300 raffle tickets at $1 each were sold. (additional history in file)
People Spear, Maria
unidentified women of Fayetteville, North Carolina
Mallett, Charles Beatty
Lewis, M. E., Mrs.
Davis, Jefferson
Subjects women
Fund raising
Fund raisers
Monuments & memorials