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Sixteen-Patch quilt, or Four-Patch Patchwork quilt
  • United States
  • Sixteen-Patch quilt, or Four-Patch Patchwork quilt, early 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, calico, patchwork, chintz, piecing, quilting
  • Object Length/Width: 100 x 98 1/2 in
    Object Length/Width: 254 x 250.19 cm
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.0919

Blocks of sixteen, multicolored/patterned pieces, alternating with squares of red and white calico. Border of printed chintz, red background with blue flowers. Lining of homespun, now pinkish tan color. Border is split at corners to allow for posts of bed. Made with chintzes and calicoes from the early decades of the 19th century, this large quilt was probably intended for a four-poster bed.