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T-Shaped Quilt with Masonic Handkerchief Medallion
ca. 1817
Maker not marked
Probably New England
cotton, linen, dye
overall: 94"h x 93"w
Special Projects Fund, Supreme Council, 33º, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, U.S.A.

T-shaped quilt with printed Masonic handkerchief stitched at center to serve as medallion. Center section is a dark brown fabric with an overall floral vine pattern in red, pink and green. Sides and bottom have dark blue (indigo) borders with an overall white dot and periodic leaf motif. Backed with coarsely woven cream linen. Quilted in brown and blue thread. Chevron quilting pattern in the blue borders; squares with parallel lines in the brown section. Handkerchief is quilted with an outline around the major design elements. Knife-edge binding. Handkerchief is white and printed in red with an arrangement of Masonic symbols. Central motif is an archway above two columns with a keystone at middle. G hangs from the keystone. An all-seeing eye at top center is flanked by two scrolls with printed text. Many Masonic symbols, along with three male figures fill out the design. There is a coffin at center bottom; it is flanked by sections of printed text.

For further information: Blog post, September 13, 2011 http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2011/09/a-quilted-footnote.html Blog post, November 12, 2009 http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2009/11/new-to-the-collection-a-masonic-quilt.html

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