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Quilt, Star of Bethlehem

Maker:
Members of the congregation of the First Baptist Church, Perth Amboy
Date:
ca. 1845–48
Geography:
Made in Middlesex County, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Cotton
Dimensions:
76 1/4 x 75 7/8 in. (193.7 x 192.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. George Sands Bryan, in memory of her husband, George Sands Bryan, 1946
Accession Number:
46.152.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 751
According to his granddaughter-in-law, Reverend George Faitute Hendricksen (1817-1894) received this quilt as a gift from his congregation during a church Harvest Festival. A minister for over fifty years, Hendricksen served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Perth Amboy from 1845 to 1848. It was not uncommon for congregations to create quilts for ministers when they departed for another church; perhaps that is the reason this quilt was made.
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