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Title Noonday or Sunburst
Object Name Quilt
Catalog Number 88.003.02
Description Noonday or Sunburst. Print and solid cotton fabrics. The 64 eight and one half inch finished circles each contain 15 diamonds. this motif is classified as solar variant in the design field and was derived from Japanese heraldry and Arabian sources. The use of the design in the quilt shows the importance of the rising and setting of the sun in the early housewife's day as only the most primitive lighting fixtures were available.

The diamonds are repeated in the border in double rows around the quilt.

The corner treatments of diamonds form arrowheads on the mitered seam.
the end row of blocks contain all the same fabric indicating (perhaps) that the quilter needed to add extra length or that she ran out of the other fabrics.

The quilting is magnificent. It consists primarily of garlands of princess feathers that wind around the circular blocks across the quilt's surface.

The cotton batting contains seed (trash).

The backing is of consistent weave and is 36 " wide.

There is an "SS" stamped near the edge of the backing

Pencil lines are still clear indicating the quilt has not been washed.

The large size of the quilt is referred to as "colonial bed size".
Image 021\8800302.JPG
Date 1840-1860
Dimensions W-107 L-108 inches
Material Fabrics, cotton calico.
Provenance Edwin B. Green