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Renwick, Elizabeth “Bess” Abrams
Place Made:
Newberry County South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
silk and cotton
HOA: 84 1/4; WOA: 87
Accession Number:
MAKER: Elizabeth “Bess” Abrams (1782-1863) was born to James (1745-1822) and Mary Abrams (1748-1831) in Newberry County, South Carolina. On December 27, 1810 “Bess” married William Renwick (1779-1816) and they had two sons. She was widowed in 1816 at the age of 34, and successfully managed the family business leaving a considerable estate at her death.

DESCRIPTION: Silk pieced “strip” quilt comprised of alternating 3″ strips of mauve, blue, and a small blue and white check. Silk binding on right and left is blue; binding on top and bottom is brown; Backing of cotton. Quilting in variation of cross-hatching pattern; thin cotton filling; cotton backing; strips of quilt are 2 3/4″-3 3/8″ wide.

RELATED OBJECTS: An embroidered coverlet in the MESDA Collection (acc.1110.2) was made by Bess Abrams before her marriage in 1810. It is inscribed BA3/1807 in blue silk thread.

This quilt, along with an embroidered coverlet (acc.1110.2), was passed down through the family line until they came to MESDA in 1991.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Edwin Lowthian in memory of Bessie Renwick Carlisle Kennedy