Quilt No.813QVM - Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Owner: 
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Location: 
TAS
Maker
Maker: 
Harry Guy ?
Made in
AUSTRALIA TAS
Date: 
Unknown
Description: 
Skin rug made from feral cat skins and probably some wallaby pelts. There are 28 individual skins and colours are dark brown, creamy yellow and striped and spotted light and dark brown and cream. One cat pelt measures 495mm. The striped and spotted skins indicate tabby cats. The backing is maroon felt extended to form a pinked and scalloped edge. The top is attached to the backing with hand stitching incorporating faded red ric-rac braid along the seamline on the back. 1680 x 1300mm
History: 

The rug belonged to Harry Guy who came from the Fingal Valley Tasmania and was probably made by him. It was donated to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in 1988 by Mrs. S. Pickett and Mrs. S. Guyton. Mrs. Pickett was Harry Guy's grand-daughter.

Story: 

It is thought Fingal Valley wattles would have been used in the tanning process.

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