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Star of Bethlehem Quilt

Date:
ca. 1845
Geography:
Probably made in New Jersey, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Cotton
Dimensions:
104 x 103 in. (264.2 x 261.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert E. Cole, in memory of Helen R. Cole, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.87.1
Not on view
As is most typical of the Star of Bethlehem pattern, this quilt has a large central star whose rays extend to the quilt’s edges. Four small complete stars serve as the corner blocks, and four half stars fill the spaces on the sides. Although made in the nineteenth century, all of the fabrics remain fresh and vibrant. The dark blue ground fabric is particularly effective—evoking the night sky and setting off the brilliant multicolored stars.
The quilt was bought by Helen R. Cole, wife of donor, at a fair at the Congregational Church of Chester, New Jersey.
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