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Quilt, "The Coronation of Queen Victoria"

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Quilt, "The Coronation of Queen Victoria"

Date: c. 1837
Medium: Cotton
Overall: 44 × 33 3/4in. (111.8 × 85.7cm)
Inscribed: Royal crest at top of image with latin inscription
Credit Line: Gift of Roger Keyes, Susan Bartholomew, and Janet Keyes in memory of Lorena Start Jersen
Object number: 2007.14
Label Text
The coronation of Queen Victoria marked the beginning of a 63-year reign that came to define an era. At just 18 years old, her coronation was a major event commemorated in prints, ceramics, and fabric. This quilt incorporates one such fabric panel, representing the moment the young queen is crowned in Westminster Abbey. The panel is surrounded by red and white floral printed fabrics arranged in a saw tooth pattern with a border of running vine and flowers.

The identity of the maker is unknown, so we can only speculate that it was made in England, the United States, or Canada. In the United Kingdom printed panels that commemorate important state events and military victories were incorporated into quilts and bedcovers to demonstrate one’s patriotism in much the same way that Americans incorporated printed portraits of presidents and American flags into their own quilts.

Construction notes: This pieced quilt top consists of a printed cotton center panel. At the 4 corners of the center panel there are 4 inked stamps. Above and below the center panel are 10 pieced squares within printed cotton borders. The back is lined with plain weave fabric that is turned to the front to bind the edges. The layers are quilted together with fine stitching in an interlocking circle pattern.