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Whitework Coverlet

Artist/Maker:
Moss, Emily Harrison
Place Made:
Spartanburg County South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1815-1829
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
LOA (without fringe) 99 3/4″; WOA (without fringe) 88″
Accession Number:
5021
Description:
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.

History:
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.