A date is prominently appliquéd on this quilt, “July Fourth 1776," but the quilt was likely made to commemorate the U.S centennial in 1876. There is considerable symbolism included in this unique quilt. For instance, the eagle holds an olive leaf in its beak, a symbol of peace. Additionally, the tulips included in the swag borders often symbolize love, while the lilies pieced in the body of the quilt symbolize purity. This quiltmaker leaves no doubt about where her loyalties reside.

Pattern: 
Eagle
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1876
Made in
United States
90.5
83
IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0696