APPLIQUÉ QUILT, 1850s
The unusual birds here are unmistakably similar to those in the adjacent coverlet. Did Mary King copy a “fancy weave” coverlet made by a local weaver? There were coverlet weavers nearby, but we don’t know whether any of them used this design. Did a neighbor own such a coverlet brought from another area? Or did Mary and the coverlet weave designers both use a third source of the design?
Mary Swearingen King (1811-1902), Findlay, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
89” x 97”
Gift of Ama J. McElhaney Chambers in honor of Marie McElhaney and Edna Harper 2005.25