Quilt No.1092AS - Angela Smith

Angela Smith
Owner: 
Angela Smith
Location: 
WA Metro
Maker
Maker: 
Elizabeth Thompson
Made in
ENGLAND
Date: 
1921 - 1940
Description: 
Durham quilt made of cotton sateen, mainly gold on one side and yellow green on the other. Top, pillow fold, has been removed. The straight sides have tiny pin stripe added border. The quilting pattern is large tree of life (palm like), swags and cable on top and bottom border. Fill in is slightly elongated diamonds. 1880 x 1520mm
History: 

The quilt is thought to have been made by Elizabeth Thompson (born Bell) born 1883 in Northumberland, England. It then passed by maternal descent to her daughter Mary Lucy (London) and then Elizabeth's grand-daughter, Angela Smith in Perth Australia. It is not used now.

Story: 

"My grandmother was born in 1883, one of eight children. Four of the boys were born in Medomsley, and likely the other children were born in the near vicinity. The family tree (Oley - great grandmother's maiden name) shows birth dates going back to 1670 in that area.
My mother was born in 1903, in the same area, and came to London in about 1932/3 during the Great Depression. Her mother followed her a year later and it is likely that the quilt came with one of them.
The material colours are plain gold and green with a pale blue edging, it also had a dark brown suiting material doubled over like a flounce and sewn to one side. This was removed about five years ago when it was brought to Australia. [Angela Smith, Perth 2002]
The quilt in my recollection was used on a bed and then for more than 20 years put in a packing box to protect china and kept in a shed.
I brought the quilt to Australia in 1997-8 together with other sentimental household items."

Angela Smith with her grandmother's quilt.
Angela Smith with her grandmother's quilt.

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