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Catalog Number 0985.13.00605, a
Description The two door curtains are a pair of portieres, made of red wool lampas on point loom, with worsted warp and marool filler. The pattern repeats after 26".
Dimensions W-54 inches
Owned Andrew Potter
Event Federal occupation of Richmond, Virginia, 1865-1870
Provenance This pair of wool door curtains is said to have hung behind Jefferson Davis' chair in the Executive Mansion in Richmond. Union soldiers reportedly cut them down with a sword. Lt. Col. Andrew Potter of North Adams, Massachusetts left them as relics of his estate.

[Reproduction fabric is known as "Crenshaw Damask" and is used in the West Parlor, Center Parlor, and Library.]
People Davis, Jefferson
Davis family
Potter, Andrew
Search Terms Confederate Executive Mansion
Confederate White House
Evacuation of Richmond, April 2-3, 1865
Executive Mansion
Federal occupation of Richmond, Virginia, 1865-1870
items captured by Union soldiers
items taken
items taken by Union soldiers
Occupation of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia
United States Army
White House of the Confederacy