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Object Name QUILT
Title Davis Stars/Blocks Quilt
Catalog Number 0985.13.00611
Description Top: Tumbling blocks/stars (patchwork); embroidery. Materials are silk.
Interlining: Wool batting.
Backing: White silk.
Binding: Green silk.
Stitching: Hand; embroidery believed hand, but possibly machine. "Round Robin" construction, meaning more than one quilter/embroiderer (quilting on the rear is not particularly good quality, with visible knots and hanging threads; probably more than one quilter, since different styles are visible).
Material textile (silk, wool)
Dimensions W-78 L-88 inches
Owned Jefferson Davis
Made Varina Banks Howell Davis and unidentified women, Richmond, Virginia, CSA
Provenance "By this day express I send you a very remarkable and I think a beautiful quilt made for Mr. Davis during the stormiest part of our War for State rights and liberty. Every piece was made by a different person, and the embroidery was made with little odd pieces of sewing silk which could be found left over our years of ease and plenty. Mr. Davis valued it so much that once when he was sleeping under it, he recognized the fact and asked to have it taken off, "put away with lavender," an old fashioned manner of saying "with great care." If you find it an addition to your museum I shall only be too glad. With affectionate wish for your welfare and that of your family in the coming year. Yours faithfully, Varina Jefferson Davis."
People Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
unidentified women of Richmond, Virginia
Howell, Varina Banks
Davis, Jefferson
Search Terms flag imagery
Subjects women
civilians
Embroidery