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Object Name QUILT
Title Hurt Mosaic Quilt
Catalog Number 0985.12.00022
Description Top: Hexagonal mosaic (believed paper pieced); floral appliqué border (5 7/8”W) and polychrome fringe (5.5” L). Material is multicolored silk.
Interlining: Gauze-type.
Backing: Pink silk; diamond-pattern quilting (tacked with small stitches to top). Pieced.
Binding: none.
Stitching: Hand; hand-embroidered.
Material textile (silk, cotton or wool)
Dimensions W-80 L-80 inches
Owned Julia Mrs. R. V. Hurt (tentative); Julia Banks Hurt (tentative)
Made Mrs. R. V. Hurt (tentative); Julia Banks Hurt (tentative)
Provenance Unknown history.

Possible history: The "Jeff Davis Quilt" was begun by Mrs. R. V. Hurt, wife of John Hurt of Mooresville, Alabama, in 1863 as a gift for President Jefferson Davis. The quilt was not finished when the war ended, so it was not presented. In 1872, Mr. Hurt moved to Texas, and in 1884 Mrs. Hurt died without having presented the quilt. Mr. Hurt remarried in 1886 to Julia Banks of Clinton, Mississippi, whose father was a personal friend of Davis. Consequently she preserved the quilt as a precious relic, and only gave it up in a public cause.
People Hurt, R. V., Mrs.
Hurt, Julia Banks
Hurt, John