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  • Red Cross Quilt [Object]

    Quilt top pieced from large squares and rectangles of fabric sewn together in geometric design. The fabric was probably cut from discarded blue, grey and brown suits. Hand-quilted with straight...

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  • Portolan Chart [Object]

    Portolan manuscript chart on vellum depicting the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Atlantic (north-west extending to ‘Isla de Brazill’; south-west to Canaries), North Sea to ‘Costa de Frixa’, and the Red Sea. Portolans...

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  • Lady in the White House Quilt [Object]

    Twenty blocks (13½ in wide) machine-pieced from scraps of fabric. The blocks are separated by sashing (2½ in wide) made of green fabric with white polka dots. Backed with plain...

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  • Eagle [Object]

    German-born Wilhelm Schimmel (1817–1890) was an itinerant carver who travelled throughout Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He is particularly known for his Habsburg-style eagles with outstretched wings. It is thought that Schimmel...

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  • Nine-Patch Strip Quilt [Object]

    Six columns (7½ in wide) of floral chintz alternate with five bands of Nine-Patch blocks (7 in square). Each of these blocks is set on point within triangles of blue...

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  • Astrolabium. Americus Vespuccius cum quattuor Stellis… (Astrolabe. Amerigo Vespucci with Four Stars…) [Object]

    The name ‘America’ derived from the feminised Latin first name of the Florentine explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci. It was Vespucci who demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies were...

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  • Hannah Taylor Sampler [Object]

    Samplers were made by young girls learning to sew different embroidery stitches. Proud parents would display them in the parlour to show that they were wealthy enough to send their...

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  • Wool Appliqué Quilt [Object]

    Heavy quilt pieced with narrow strips of blue wool, which slightly overlap and thus create a ribbed effect. Flowers, birds and other motifs have been appliquéd in wool, with embroidery...

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  • Log Cabin Quilt – Pineapple Variation [Object]

    Small silk quilt constructed with the variation of Log Cabin known as Pineapple (so-called because of its spiky appearance). The edge has been trimmed with silk ‘tongues’. The piece has...

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  • Crazy Patchwork Portière [Object]

    One of a pair of curtains made from Crazy patchwork in silk, velvet, ribbon, and brocaded silk. Silk embroidery stitches cover the seams and add embellishment. Some of the animals...

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