Search records

Hexagon Quilt

Date made: early-mid 19th century

Description: Unfinished hexagonal patchwork quilt comprising English-style pieced patchwork.

The hexagons (6 cm in size) still have their papers tacked in place. The papers are a series of early 19th-century handwritten bills and receipts. The quilt is made of a variety of fabrics including silk, satin, brocade, velvet and damask. Alongside the neutral colours are yellow, burgundy reds, purple and mauve. Floral material and a peacock feather eye patterned fabric are used throughout the panel.

The dress and skirt fabrics come from high-quality clothes with the range of fabrics and colours suggesting that this quilt was made and belonged to a wealthy household. This is a highly decorative quilt rather than being strictly utilitarian, especially when one considers the time and labour required to make it.

Measurements: overall: 104 cm x 165 cm

Materials: brocade, cotton, damask, silk, velvet

Object name: quilt

Collection: Costume & Textiles Collection

ID Number: 1954-3512


Optional, not displayed

Manx National Heritage (MNH) will always put you in control of the information we send you. Read our privacy policy