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Whitework Coverlet

Moss, Emily Harrison
Place Made:
Spartanburg County South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
LOA (without fringe) 99 3/4″; WOA (without fringe) 88″
Accession Number:
MAKER: Emily Harrison was born in 1781 to Richard Benjamin Harrison (1752-1791) and his wife, Anne (Patillo) Harrison (1752-1809) in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Married in 1801 to James Moss (1773-1858) they had nine children, which only four lived to adulthood.

DESCRIPTION: White on white embroidered coverlet, sewn in three panels with applied fringe on three sides. The embroidered design centers a case of stylized flowers within a rectangular surround of undulating grapevine design. Surrounding this is a band of scattered flower filled baskets among floral sprays, cornucopias with flowers, budding branches and thistle-type flowers. The outermost decorative banding is a flowering vine with bows in each of the four corners. The needle laced edge has an applied banding of suspended crocheted points with tassels.

The coverlet descended to the previous owners from Emily Harrison Moss (1781-1829) in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

Provenance is as follows: Emily Moss to Robert Pertiller Moss to Sarah Elizabeth Moss Watkins to Irene Watkins Pearce to Elizabeth Martha Pearce Crutchfield to Charles Harvey Crutchfield.

Credit Line:
Acquired through a gift in memory of Elizabeth Pearch Crutchfield by her son, Charles H. Crutchfield and his family and a contribution from the Antique Collector’s Guild, Williamsburg, Virginia.