Quilt No.266NPW - National Parks & Wildlife Service of SA

National Parks & Wildlife Service of SA
Owner: 
National Parks & Wildlife Service of SA
Location: 
SA
Maker
Maker: 
Esther Lewis
Made in
AUSTRALIA SA
Date: 
1881 - 1900
Description: 
Child's cot quilt of crazy patchwork, with patches of velvet, silk brocade and satin, all seams embroidered with feather stitch in different coloured threads. There is a wide border of peach-brown velvet. Backing is a floral cotton. Has been in poor condition, conserved by Artlab SA.
1490 x 1000mm
History: 

Made by Mrs Esther Lewis, wife of HM Collector of Customs and Post Master General, in Adelaide (SA), c.1884-1885. Owned by the National Parks & Wildlife Service of SA, at Old Government House, Belair National Park. Displayed at Old Government House.

Story: 

In 1883 Esther's daughter Bessie died, and she became responsible for the six grandchildren, all under the age of 12. The quilt was made after Bessie's death.

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