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Accession Number: 1980.264.0

Physical Description: Quilt in Roman Stripe or Rail Fence pattern. Made up of many small blocks, each formed of four strips of fabric in alternating light silks and dark silk velvets. The overall effect is dark. The orientation of the blocks alternates vertical and horizontal. Fabric strips are sewn to a foundation fabric and cotton batting, which is visible where some silks have shattered. Narrow borders are dark purple sateen that is machine-quilted in a shell pattern. Widely spaced ties, visible on back. Backing is brown cotton sateen. Hand-stitched.

History of Object: According to letter from donor in accession file, her mother used this quilt as a throw. She believed it was made by her grandmother, Juliet Millard Clark, and her great-grandmother, and that the fabrics were from dresses belonging to these women. Clark was born near Rochester, N.Y. After attending a ladies seminary in New York, she moved to Illinois to teach school. She married in that state and later came to Kansas. Records on Ancestry list her as coming to Kansas in 1868 via Wisconsin. The quilt?s style and the presence of a machine-quilted border date it to the last quarter of the 19th century, when Clark and her husband, Julius Taylor Clark, were residing in Topeka with their children. The couple are buried in Topeka Cemetery.

Date: Between 1870 and 1889

Dimensions (in cm): 192.00 (H) 171.00 (W) L: 75 1/2" W: 67 1/2"

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Individual: Clark, Juliet Millard, 1819-1899
    Use, Place of: Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Topeka (Kan.)

Creators and Contributors

    Clark, Juliet Millard

Status: Cataloged

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