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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1978.45.38
Maker Henry, Elizabeth Tippet
Date ca. 1850
Material(s) Cotton
Dimensions H-86.5 W-79 inches
Description This all cotton quilt is constructed of long stripes pieced together. It has a white background of ten inch wide stripes alternating with a pattern of one bright orange-yellow stripe with a green stripe on both sides of it and two pink stripes outside the green. The colored stripes are between two and 2 ΒΌ inches wide. The pattern repeats four times. The yellow and green stripes are plain cotton fabric. The pink stripe is a minute floral pattern printed in dark pink on a white background. The quit has a thin layer of batting and a plain white cotton backing. The edges are finished with white cotton tape. The quilting is a diagonal stitch over the colored stripes and a wide diamond stitch over the white stripes. The quilt is well worn.
Notes This quilt was made by Elizabeth "Betsy" Tippet Henry. She and her husband, John Henry, were the parents of Frances Elizabeth Henry who married John Aker Lafferty of Cynthiana, a Civil War confederate sergeant who served under Captain John Shawhan. They were the parents of Judge W.T. Lafferty, the donor's grandfather.

According to family records, Betsy made the quilt out of scrap and thinking it quite ugly, put it away and never used it. It was used by later members of the family though.
Collection Mrs. Warren Roberts Collection
Event American Civil War
People Lafferty, Francis Elizabeth Henry
Henry, Elizabeth Tippet
Lafferty, John Aker
Subjects Beds
House work
Civil wars
Search Terms Kentucky
Quilt patterns
Civil War
Cynthiana (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS