1887 Mehitable Ware's Crazy-patch Parlor Throw
- “Commenced Jan 12th 1887. San Rafael . . . Finished March 12th 1887. . . M. M. Ware” is embroidered on this parlor throw composed of nine 21 ½-inch crazy-patch blocks. Many satin and velvet ribbons with California references are found among typical motifs such as a horseshoe, a fan, flowers, owls, bicycles, etc. A variety of embroidery stitches in many colors of silk thread decorate the throw. A red velvet 7-inch border and a red cotton lining complete it.
- Mehitable (Mettie) Babcock was born in Vermont in 1816. She taught school from the age of 14 until she married Preserved Ware (1811-1885) in 1836. They had eight children and from 1868 they lived in California, where Mehitable Ware died in 1897.
- Currently not on view
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
- Ware, Mettie Mehitable Babcock
- date made
- Credit Line
- Gift of Mrs. Mildred Marvin Fly
- Physical Description
- fabric, silk, velvet, satin, ribbon (overall material)
- thread, silk, cotton (overall material)
- overall: 79 in x 79 in; 199 cm x 199 cm
- Object Name