White cotton coverlet, 78" x 97," embroidered with white cotton handwork. Central tree of life in a handled pot or basket surrounded by inner border of grape vine, leaves and grape clusters. Outer border of swags. Directly under the pot are embroidered initials and date: "P D C 1814." No backing or batting; narrow rolled hem top and bottom, sides selvage. Made by Martha (Patsy) Dabney Chisholm of Charleston in 1814. Purchased by the Charleston Museum in 1999.
White on white corded quilt, basket of flowers central design, set in lozenge surrounded by flowers, border of scrolls and leaves. Wide outer border has arched motifs each with one of several flowers. Tape and fringe on three sides of quilt. Said to have been made by Mrs. Sarah Hyrne and her friends in South Carolina in the 18th century. Donated to the Charleston Museum by Margaret Livingston Charles Aldrich (Mrs. Richard Aldrich) in 1952.
White cotton bedspread with white cotton thread embroidery, 79" x 85." The central design is a tall flower in a vase surrounded by a scalloped diamond, with floral motifs around it. A vine with flowers forms final border. Said to have been made by Ann Hamilton (cousin of Alexander Hamilton) while visiting relatives in Charleston in 1812. Donated to the Charleston Museum by Florence Margaret Underwood Adams (Mrs. Gordon Adams) in 1977.
White on white corded quilt, basket of flowers central design, surrounded by a grapevine oval. Beneath the basket are the initials "L O," the date "1806" and a smaller basket. There are cornucopias with flowers in each corner. Rows of cording and vines form borders. Looser weave cotton backing; woven tape binding. Donated to the Charleston Museum by Ruth Holmes Whitehead in memory of E. Milby Burton & Miss Elizabeth Simons in 1987. Second image is of the back of the quilt.
White cotton coverlet, 65" x 81," with cotton thread embroidery forming two baskets of flowers facing out and four larged leaves in center forming an X. Floral tendrils overall and leafy border. Knotted fringe on three sides. Made by Mariah Parrish of Marlboro County, SC, c. 1830. Donated to the Charleston Museum by Miss George Rowe Townsend in 2002.
White coverlet with blue embroidered design of central basket of flowers and floral sprays overall. No batting or backing. Made by Sallie Stanley in Jones County, North Carolina, c. 1775 (but may be early 19th century). Donated to the Charleston Museum by Blanche Huckabee in 1971.