1920 - 1930 Bertha Bork's Pieced Comfort
- Bertha Bork made this pieced and tied comfort for her grand-daughter, Betty Jane Meggers. She machine pieced 25 blocks in a variation of the “Pride of Holland” pattern for the quilt top. It is wool-filled and tied with multi-colored wool yarns. A colorful cotton paisley lining adds to this bright and lively tied quilt or comfort.
- Bertha Bork was born in Pomerania, Germany in 1866. She married John Meggers and emigrated about 1872 to Clintonville, Wisconsin. They farmed and raised two children, William Frederick and Clara. William (1888-1966) was a well-known physicist. The quilt was made for his daughter, Betty (1921-2012), who was a noted archeologist.
- Bertha divorced in 1910 and married Peter Monty. She died in 1941 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Clintonville, Wisconsin.
- Currently not on view
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
- Bork, Bertha
- date made
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Edith R. Meggers
- Physical Description
- fabric; cotton (overall material)
- thread; cotton, wool (overall material)
- filling; wool (overall material)
- overall: 80 in x 76 in; 203 cm x 193 cm
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