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Object Name BEDSPREAD
Catalog Number 0985.13.00523
Date ca. 1830
Description This is a woven and embroidered bedspread made of white cotton with a flower basket design in center medallion, in raised clipped stitches. Surrounding the central medallion are birds and various floral bouquets, including four-leaf clovers. It has a white cotton fringe.
Material Fabric/Cloth/Cotton
Dimensions H-108 W-54 inches
Owned Maria Patterson Tompkins; Sally L. Tompkins
Made Maria Patterson Tompkins, Mathews County, Virginia, USA
Provenance This handsomely embroidered counterpane was made by Mrs. Maria Patterson Tompkins of Mathews Co., Va. The cotton was grown, spun and woven on her plantation "Poplar Grove," in 1830. Her daughter, Sally Tompkins, as a little girl used to beg to be allowed to make some of the ornamental stitches on this counterpane.

"Counterpane made on the plantation of Mrs. Maria Patteson Tompkins, 'Poplar Grove', Matthews Co., VA. The cotton was grown, spun, and woven on the place." (note)
People Tompkins, Maria Booth Patterson [Mrs. Christopher]
Tompkins, Sally Louisa
Patterson, Maria Booth
Subjects African Americans
slaves
slavery
Bedspreads
Blankets
weaving
women