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Perkins, Margaret Salena
Place Made:
Burke County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
cotton –linen
HOA: 100; WOA: 96
Accession Number:
MAKER: The maker of this quilt, Margaret Salena Perkins (1808-1883), was a granddaughter of John Perkins, who received a land grant in Burke County, North Carolina, from the Earl of Granville prior to the Revolutionary War. Margaret married Levi Laxton (1804-1879) also from Burke County.

DESCRIPTION: Cotton ground with appliqued cutout motif from three chintz fabrics imported from England; homespun linen backing. Stitches: fabric appliqued in buttonhole stitch; ground quilted in a diamond lattice in running stitch; initials MSP embroidered in cross stitch on the back of the quilt.

Found on other contemporary North Carolina applique quilts, the central floral motif is a block print produced specifically for use in quilts. The pheasant and palm tree composition has been cut from a second chintz and retains some of its original glazing.

RELATED OBJECTS: Another chintz applique quilt made by Margaret Salena Perkins is in the MESDA Collection (acc.1187.2).

The quilt descended from the maker, Margaret Salena (Perkins) Laxton, to her son, Dr. Joseph Lavender Laxton (1838-1908), to his unmarried daughters, then to the donor. It came into the MESDA Collection in 1965.
Credit Line:
Purchase Fund