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Mariner's compass bed quilt

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Mariner's Compass (term in use since 1790s) patterned quilt of nine squares with thirty two points each. White cotton background printed with small brown chevrons, squares bordered with red cotton printed with yellow and brown flowers, Mariner's Compass made of yellow, red, and indigo...

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Inscription (in pen, on back): "Presented to Miss Fanny W. Johnson by her mother Elmira Farnsworth."


Presented to Mrs. Fanny W. Johnson by her mother Elmira Farnsworth; inherited by donor in mid-1970s

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George C. Seybolt

American, 1840–50

Object Place

New England, United States


232 x 231 cm (91 5/16 x 90 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton; plain weave, printed, pieced and quilted, plain weave backing


Textiles and Fashion Arts