1800 - 1825 Dove-Cator Families "American Eagle" Quilt
- An appliquéd eagle motif is the central focus of this patriotic quilt of the early 19th century. The eagle has arrows in one talon, an olive branch in the other, symbolizing both desire for peace and readiness for war. It is a version of a symbol adopted by a resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1782 for the official seal.
- Surrounding the 30 x 29-inch center are alternating blocks of pieced eight-pointed stars and plain white blocks. It is quilted at 8 stitches per inch. The “American Eagle” quilt was in the Dove-Cator families of Baltimore and Harford Counties, Md.
- Currently not on view
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
- date made
- Credit Line
- GIft of Mrs. Carrie T. Brown
- Physical Description
- fabric, cotton (overall material)
- thread, cotton, linen (overall material)
- filling, cotton (overall material)
- overall: 89 in x 73 in; 225 cm x 184 cm
- Object Name