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L2011.42.67
L2011.42.67
Attributed to Emma Bridges
(American, 1842-1888)
Cherry Trees, 1860-1870
Kentucky, probably Henderson County
L2011.42.67
L2011.42.67
Attributed to Emma Bridges
(American, 1842-1888)
Cherry Trees, 1860-1870
Kentucky, probably Henderson County
L2011.42.67
L2011.42.67
Attributed to Emma Bridges
(American, 1842-1888)
Cherry Trees, 1860-1870
Kentucky, probably Henderson County

Attributed to Emma Bridges
(American, 1842-1888)
Cherry Trees, 1860-1870
Cotton, silk, silk velvet
Kentucky, probably Henderson County
104 x 84 in.
Collection of Eleanor Bingham Miller L2011.42.67

This quilt has a history of ownership in Jefferson County, Kentucky, where it once belonged to Charles (1839-1912) and Emma Bridges. The couple married in Henderson County, Kentucky (located in western Kentucky along the Kentucky-Indiana border), in 1866 and were soon living in Louisville. One thus assumes that Emma Bridges probably made the quilt, perhaps around the time of either her first wedding in 1860 (to Charles Littell in Henderson County) or her later wedding to Charles Bridges. Alternately, the quilt may have been a gift to Emma.

This quilt shares strikingly similar design features with another quilt in this exhibition. It was made around 1860 in Logan County, Kentucky, by Virginia Ivey. There doesn't seem to be any family connection between Virginia Ivey and Emma Bridges, but perhaps there is some yet-to-be-discovered connection between the two women and their quilts.

 
 
 


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