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31-27-387

OWNERSHIP OF THIS QUILT IS: Choose whether the quilt is owned by a person (private) or a museum or public collection.

Public Museum, Library or Institution

NAME OF QUILT OWNER: Add name of Quilt Owner if public other.

Transvaal Museum Services

QUILT OWNER CITY

Barberton

QUILT OWNER COUNTRY: Country of current quilt owner

South Africa

OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is. Specify units of measure (mm or in or inches)

2.20m

OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is. Specify unit of measure (mm or in or inches).

2.20m

PREDOMINANT COLOR(S): CHECK ALL THAT APPLY: Enter all colors that are found in the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Blue or Navy; Pink

LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.

Block pattern

FABRIC FIBER TYPES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of fiber that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Cotton

FABRIC PATTERNS, STYLES, MOTIFS, OR PRINT CATEGORIES USED IN QUILT TOP: Choose all the types of prints that are used to make the quilt top. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Floral; Print

TIME PERIOD: Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made. The date does not have to appear on the quilt to enter it in this field. This can be your best guess based on family stories or your own knowledge of quilts.

1850-1875

OTHER EXTERNAL OR PROFESSIONAL DATE ESTIMATION: If the date was estimated by an antique dealer, quilt historian or appraiser, enter that date (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

1850s

ANY OTHER FEATURES OR NOTES ABOUT THE QUILT'S APPEARANCE, MATERIALS OR CONSTRUCTION: Describe anything about the physical appearance of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.

Squares and triangles in different sizes. Pieced, single seam. Copy of the original letter of the donor Mary W. Killick I believe the quilt was made by my great great grandmother, Mary Harrison (1798-1868) who was born in Giggleswick, Yorkshire, for the marriage-bed of her daughter Jane (d.1921) on the occasion of her marriage with William Hodgson (1823-1902) and who lived in Settle for sometime. It passed into the hands of Jane's daughter, Mary Hannah (1864-1946) my grandmother and I have a distant recollection of the quilt being in constant use when my grandparents lived in surrey and later in London. Eventually, it passed to my aunt, Dorothy Taylor, nee Mallinson (1899-1963), who although having two daughters of her own, decided that it should be handed on to me as the third Mary and the eldest grandchild. My mother took charge of the quilt in 1948 pending my visit to England from East Africa where I joined my Colonial Service husband in 1945. On my return to Nairobi in 1950, I brought the quilt with me and for several years it was used constantly as a bed cover. In 1965 my husband and I left East Africa and settled in Durban and later moved to the south coast of Natal. All these years the quilt was in constant use as a bed cover. In the early 1970s a change of home and a rearrangement of furniture made it impossible to use the quilt and in addition it was beginning to get rather frail and I felt another washing might cause its complete disintegration. Since those days it has been stored in a camphor wood chest and despite there being a fourth Mary, my niece, I feel that its conditions precludes it ever being used again as a 'working' bed cover and it gives me pleasure to hand it to the Transvaal Museum Services in the hope that it maybe possible to repair the damage caused by my mother's spayed Siamese queen who decided that it was an ideal thing on which to give birth to her phantom family, and that the quilt will become part of the furnishings of the house 'Bellhaven' in Barberton. signed Mary W. Killick The quilt is on a bed in the Stopforth house in Barberton.

Who documented this quilt?

South Africa Quilt History Project; South African Quilters' Guild - National Quilt Search; Transvaal Museum Services

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

South Africa Quilt History Project

CONTRIBUTING INSTITUTIONAL INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBERS: Enter the main control number for this item you are entering. For a museum, this will probably be your acquisition number. It may be the number given to the quilt by the state or county project.

06/7320

HOW WAS QUILT ACQUIRED BY OWNER: Choose the best description for how the owner acquired the quilt. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one. Skip the question if you don't know how the owner acquired the quilt.

Gift

ANY ADDITIONAL STORIES OR NOTES ABOUT THE QUILT'S OWNERSHIP OR HISTORY: Describe anything about the history of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.

Squares and triangles in different sizes. Pieced, single seam. Copy of the original letter of the donor Mary W. Killick I believe the quilt was made by my great great grandmother, Mary Harrison (1798-1868) who was born in Giggleswick, Yorkshire, for the marriage-bed of her daughter Jane (d.1921) on the occasion of her marriage with William Hodgson (1823-1902) and who lived in Settle for sometime. It passed into the hands of Jane's daughter, Mary Hannah (1864-1946) my grandmother and I have a distant recollection of the quilt being in constant use when my grandparents lived in surrey and later in London. Eventually, it passed to my aunt, Dorothy Taylor, nee Mallinson (1899-1963), who although having two daughters of her own, decided that it should be handed on to me as the third Mary and the eldest grandchild. My mother took charge of the quilt in 1948 pending my visit to England from East Africa where I joined my Colonial Service husband in 1945. On my return to Nairobi in 1950, I brought the quilt with me and for several years it was used constantly as a bed cover. In 1965 my husband and I left East Africa and settled in Durban and later moved to the south coast of Natal. All these years the quilt was in constant use as a bed cover. In the early 1970s a change of home and a rearrangement of furniture made it impossible to use the quilt and in addition it was beginning to get rather frail and I felt another washing might cause its complete disintegration. Since those days it has been stored in a camphor wood chest and despite there being a fourth Mary, my niece, I feel that its conditions precludes it ever being used again as a 'working' bed cover and it gives me pleasure to hand it to the Transvaal Museum Services in the hope that it maybe possible to repair the damage caused by my mother's spayed Siamese queen who decided that it was an ideal thing on which to give birth to her phantom family, and that the quilt will become part of the furnishings of the house 'Bellhaven' in Barberton. signed Mary W. Killick The quilt is on a bed in the Stopforth house in Barberton.

CITY: Enter the name of the city where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

Giggleswick, Yorkshire

COUNTRY: Enter the name of the country where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

United Kingdom

QUILTMAKER'S REASONS FOR MAKING THE QUILT: If the quilt was made for a specific purpose, choose the reason from the list. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Wedding

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QUILT TOP MADE BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who made the quilt top. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.

Harrison, Mary

GENDER: Choose the gender of the quilt maker(s). Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Female

CITY: Enter the city where the quilt maker lives/lived.

Giggleswick, Yorkshire

COUNTRY: Enter the country where the quilt maker lives/lived.

United Kingdom

QUILTMAKER'S MAIDEN NAME: Enter the maiden name of the quilt maker.

Harrison

BIRTH DATE: Enter the birth date of the quilt maker (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

1798

DEATH DATE, IF APPLICABLE: Enter the date of death of the quilt maker (if applicable, as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

1868

Cite this Quilt

Harrison, Mar. 1850-1875. From South Africa Quilt History Project, South Africa Quilt History Project; South African Quilters' Guild - National Quilt Search; Transvaal Museum Services. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=31-27-387. Accessed: 11/27/21