Quilt No.36KHS - Kalamunda & District Historical Society Inc.

Owner: 
Kalamunda & District Historical Society Inc.
Location: 
WA Perth
Maker
Maker: 
Laura Harrison's grandmother
Made in
ENGLAND
Date: 
pre 1850
Description: 
"�..quilt of silk hexagonal patches with a velvet panel as the centrepiece with petit point embroidery. The silk materials are a valuable source of textile history being very variable in weaves and patterns. The patchwork templates are still in situ and are of a ? linen gauze. The whole quilt is backed with mercerised cotton."
[Maggie Myers 21.5.1986]
2650 x 2330mm
History: 

The quilt was made by the aunt of Mrs Sarah Edith Hode, the grandmother of Laura Harrison. The aunt was a milliner to Queen Victoria's court. The tradition was to hand the quilt down to the eldest daughter, but in the last generation it came to the younger daughter.
Donated to Kalamunda & District Historical Society [WA] by the owner Mrs Laura Harrison.

Story: 

"Information received from Mrs. Elizabeth Trainer��on 12 August 1985, the sister of the donor Mrs. Laura Harrison�..'The qult was sent out to WA in 1912 to Mrs Sarah Edith Hode (nee Horne), Mrs Trainer's grandmother. Mrs Hode was given the quilt by her aunt who had made it and was a milliner to Queen Victoria's court. She had made the quilt out of remnants of ladies of the court's dresses. The velvet embroidered centrepiece was a piece left over from the making of the coronation footstool thus dating the quilt to around 1837. The quilt had traditionally been handed down to the eldest daughter in the family but in the last case was given to Mrs Harison the younger daughter. The family remember the quilt being stored in a blue pillowcase and being brought on very special occasions.' "
[Maggie Myers 21.5.1986 for K.D.H.S.Inc]

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