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Catalog Number 3581
Title Quilt; Mosaic, St. Louis Sanitary Fair
Object Name Quilt
Description Mosaic quilt consisting of pieced silk hexagons. A larger hexagon pattern is formed from a central hexagon piece, bordered by six hexagon pieces, surrounded by twelve hexagon pieces. There is a central hexagon, all in white silk, that has signatures in ink, including that of U.S. Grant. Silk satin fabrics include solids, plaids, stripes, and florals. The cental medallion is red, white and blue. Small pieces of fabric are stitched to hexagon paper pieces. There are small fragments of newspaper visible under some of the areas. The tan wool twill backing has hand quilting in a hanging diamond pattern at 7 to 9 stitches per inch. The backing is turned to the front to form the binding. The backing is constructed in two pieces, one is 45" wide, the other is 5" wide.
Date 1864, ca.
Culture American
Material silk, cotton
Place of Origin USA
Makers mark AUTOGRAPHS IN CENTER OF QUILT. UNREADABLE: one appears to be "Wm (?) Smith, Major General" ne begins "U. S..." and has a"'64"at end. One has "Clint(?) B(..)sk, One has "Geo. (T or J) Nea(?).
Used USA: Missouri, St. Louis; USA: Nebraska
Length (in) 50
Width (in) 33
People Grant, Ulysses S., 1822-1885
Search Terms Fundraising Quilts
Event Civil War
History This quilt was purchased at a Union sanitary fair in St. Louis during the Civil War. Nellie Grant, daughter of General Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the booth from which it was purchased. General Grant and eighteen others signed the quilt in ink.
Credit line Henry Blum, Lincoln, Nebraska and Joseph A. Blum, Des Moines, IA.
Collection Blum, Henry