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L2010.42.23
L2010.42.23
Sampler Quilt, about 1890
Probably Pennsylvania
L2010.42.23
L2010.42.23
Sampler Quilt, about 1890
Probably Pennsylvania
L2010.42.23
L2010.42.23
Sampler Quilt, about 1890
Probably Pennsylvania
L2010.42.23
L2010.42.23
Sampler Quilt, about 1890
Probably Pennsylvania
L2010.42.23
L2010.42.23
Sampler Quilt, about 1890
Probably Pennsylvania

Sampler Quilt, about 1890
Cottons
Probably Pennsylvania
86 x 70 in.
Collection of Eleanor Bingham Miller L2010.42.23

As the name implies, sampler quilts incorporate a variety of different patterns. This example mixes abstract, geometric blocks with pictorial elements. The latter includes the heart-in-hand at the center, a pair of coffin-shaped pieces with crosses, and an anchor. These may relate to one of the many fraternal societies popular during the late nineteenth century. The International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), for example, used the heart-in-hand symbol on its ritual staffs and used the coffin as a symbol of universal equality (at death, all are equal). Though organized by and for men, fraternal societies developed women's auxiliaries beginning in the 1850s. As a result, the symbols of these groups, most often the Masons and the IOOF, found their way into quilts. Quilts associated with fraternal societies helped reinforce the social bonds that connected group members.

 
 
 


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