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Quilt

Artist/Maker:
Perkins, Margaret Salena
Place Made:
Burke County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1825 – 1835
Medium:
cotton –linen
Dimensions:
HOA: 98; WOA: 98
Accession Number:
1187.2
Description:
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 imported chintz fabrics; homespun linen backing. Chintz fabric appliqued in a buttonhole stitch; it is quilted in a clamshell and cross-hatch design.

RELATED OBJECTS: Another chintz applique quilt made by Margaret Salena Perkins is in the MESDA Collection (acc.1187.1).

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.

History:
The maker of this quilt, Margaret Selina 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) from Burke County. The quilt descended through Margaret’s son, Dr. Joseph Lavender Laxton (1838-1908), to his unmarried daughters.
Credit Line:
Purchase Fund