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Object Name Quilt
Date 1852
Description Quilt block only, Washington Sidewalk pattern. One of 32 blocks of the same pattern, 28 of which are signed; items 13.006.0024 through 13.006.0063 appear to be part of same unfinished autograph quilt. Two cotton fabrics are used: off-white (possibly originally white) background of the pieced block; and a print with a yellow, black, white, green and blue floral motif on red background (probably a turkey red print). Handwritten inscription in ink on center square: "Annette Cortelyou / Rossville S.I. / 1852". Measures 10 inches high x 10.125 inches wide.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Dottie Crawford in memory of Nellie Benedict Crawford
Ownership and History Annette Cortelyou was born in 1836, so she would have been about 16 years old when she made this quilt square. It was evidently intended to be part of a large autograph quilt, a group project which was never completed but was nonetheless carefully saved for generations. Annette married Samuel Ward Benedict around 1855, and the quilt squares were presented to the Staten Island historical Society by a Benedict family descendent in 2013.
Earliest Date 1852
Latest Date 1852
Subjects Sewing
Lexicon Sub-category Bedding
Associated People Benedict, Annette (Cortelyou)
Catalog Number 13.006.0038
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, December 2015.
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