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Woollen Wholecloth Quilt

Date made: mid-late 19th century

Maker: Member of Harrison Family

Description: A reversible woollen wholecloth quilt made of hand-woven fabric. The top side is made of a finely woven red woollen fabric with red flannel patches on the sides and in the corners. This layer appears to be covering a damaged, earlier and coarser red fabric. The newer, present top layer is also damaged and repaired.

This reversible quilt is backed with a coarse brown and cream coloured woollen fabric made of white fleece and brown Loghtan fleece (the warp and weft of the fabric). The backing is irregularly patch repaired with a brown tweed fabric. The quilt is hand-quilted in a zig-zag pattern using a fine black cotton thread, some of it now worn away. The quilt contains a thick layer of filling.

This quilt comes from the Harrison family, either from the Tynwald Road farm or (given an earlier date) from Ballakinry, Arbory.

Measurements: overall: 200 cm x 164 cm

Materials: wool

Object name: quilt

Collection: Costume & Textiles Collection

ID Number: 1972-0210a

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