- This pillow sham is one of two that Margaret Tormey carefully crafted to match an 86-inch quilt top, dated 1886. Crazy patchwork frames a central focus of the Mayflower printed in shades of gray on satin. A 3 ½-inch blue velvet border is machine-stitched to the center. All three objects are in the Collection.
- Margaret McNamara was born in Ireland (about 1835) and immigrated with her family to the United States about 1848. In 1861 she married Patrick Tormey, who was also born in Ireland (about 1835) and immigrated as a teenager. They lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. Patrick, a Civil War veteran, was keeper of the Brooklyn City Hall for many years. He died in 1900, and Margaret died in 1910.
- Currently not on view
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
- Tormey, Margaret McNamara
- date made
- Credit Line
- Gift of Miss Miriam M. Tormey
- Physical Description
- fabric, silk, satin, velvet (overall material)
- thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
- overall: 30 in x 32 in; 76 cm x 81 cm
- Object Name
- sham, quilted
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