Chaffin Friendship Quilt

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Chaffin Friendship Quilt
  • Accession number: 
  • Top: 
    Friendship/album; patchwork. Materials are white and multicolored cotton. Inscribed on the quilt in iron gall ink are approximately 70 signatures, verses, and messages; the initials "NCH" are handwritten on lower right reverse corner.
  • Interlining: 
    Believed cotton
  • Backing: 
    White linen. Pieced
  • Binding: 
    White cotton
  • Stitching: 
  • Dimensions: 
    91" x 96"
  • Date: 
    ca. 1868
  • Maker: 
  • Location: 
    Northeastern Texas
  • History: 

    Made for Mary Lizzie Chaffin, probably on the occasion of her marriage to William James Harrison. Two years after her death on February 16, 1871, the widower Harrison was married to Mary's sister, Nancy Chaffin, who inherited the quilt and passed it down through her family. The quilt is said to have survived a tornado, ca. 1890, when the hope chest in which it was stored was picked up by the tornado and the contents of the chest scattered across the Texas plains.

  • Provenance: 
    Constance Hutchison, descendant of the secondary owner. 2009

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