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Accession Number: 1962.70.2

Physical Description: Small quilt or throw in Crazy Quilt design, featuring many irregularly shaped pieces of silk stitched to a foundation fabric. Pieces are outlined in a variety of embroidery stitches worked with cotton thread. One swatch has an embroidered rosebud design. Fabrics are stitched into fan shapes in two places. Backing is blue/tan plaid silk. Binding of same plaid silk on two opposing edges, while remaining edges are trimmed in fringed gold and blue braid. Quilt has been tied with narrow yellow and blue silk ribbon, visible only on backing. Hand-stitched.

History of Object: The donor claims to have found the quilt at the home of the E.S. Pugsley family in Sabetha, Kansas. The Pugsleys came to Kansas from New York, settling in the town of Albany (Kansas) before eventually moving to Sabetha. They had two daughters, Lucy and Bessie. The donor claimed Sabethans have recognized pieces of fabric in this quilt as having come from baby clothes, wedding gowns, etc. Daughter Lucy is listed in one census as a dressmaker; it is possible she made this quilt. Free-staters from New York established the town of Albany during the territorial period. The Pugsley family settled there ca. 1870 (their eldest daughter was born in New York ca. 1867, the youngest in Kansas ca. 1870).

Date: Between 1880 and 1910

Dimensions (in cm): 193.00 (H) 152.00 (W)

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Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Nemaha County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Albany (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Sabetha (Kan.)
    Individual: Pugsley, Edmond F.
    Individual: Pugsley, Eunice A.
    Individual: Pugsley, Bessie A.
    Individual: Pugsley, Lucy L.

Status: Cataloged

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