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Quilt Top

A work made of cotton, plain weave; engraved-roller printed; fulled; pieced with cotton, machine stitching; embroidered with cotton in long-armed cross stitches.

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; engraved-roller printed; fulled; pieced with cotton, machine stitching; embroidered with cotton in long-armed cross stitches.

Date:

1900/20

Artist:

United States

About this artwork

This quilt top is made from fabric premiums, rectangles of printed cotton fabric often given away by tobacco companies. The pieces of fabric either came with a purchase or could be redeemed with coupons collected from packages. Companies often designed their premiums in sets, such as the flags, blankets, and carpets used here, to incentivize consumption and encourage brand loyalty. In the early 20th century, magazines and tobacco companies encouraged women to collect these premiums and transform these common materials into items for everyday use in the home.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Quilt Top

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1900–1920

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; engraved-roller printed; fulled; pieced with cotton, machine stitching; embroidered with cotton in long-armed cross stitches

Dimensions

183 × 213 cm (72 × 83 1/2 in.) Flags approximately: 13.9 × 21.6 cm (5 1/2 × 8 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Theodore D. Tieken

Reference Number

1991.168

Extended information about this artwork

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