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Object Name Bedspread
Date ca. 1861-1900
Description Pieced and appliqued bed cover decorated with patriotic and wartime motifs. Constructed from blue and white printed background fabric and multicolored appliques. Appliqued motifs include eagles, flags, light rays (sometimes called glories or sunbursts), cannons, pyramids of cannonballs, and shields. Machine stitching is visible over the appliques. This is not technically a quilt, because it does not have batting or quilting. The edges are hemmed.
(Keywords: United States)
Acquisition Gift of Dorothy Decker Randall
Ownership and History Staten Island Historical Society records state that this bedspread was made during the Civil War by Rebecca (Fuller) Decker (1827-1907). The bedspread was presented to the Historical Society in 1967 by Rebecca's granddaughter, Dorothy Decker Randall (Mrs. John A. Randall) of Staten Island.

Rebecca Abigail Fuller and Rev. Michael Decker married in Illinois in 1850. The 1860 census shows Michael and Rebecca and their 6 children (including some from Michael's previous marriage) living in the town of China, Illinois. Rev. Decker, a Methodist preacher, served as a chaplain during the Civil War, and because of his knowledge of medicine, also assisted in the care of wounded soldiers.
Earliest Date 1860.0
Latest Date 1900.0
Maker Rebecca Abigail (Fuller) Decker, Illinois
Subjects Military camps
Patriotism
Sewing
Lexicon Sub-category Bedding
Associated People Randall, Dorothy (Decker)
Decker, Rebecca (Fuller)
Catalog Number C07.0472
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2014.
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