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Object Name Quilt, Bed
Common Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1958.63
Maker Shryock, Olivia (or Olive)
Date ca. 1860
Material(s) Silk/Cotton
Dimensions H-76 W-49.75 inches
Description This is a log cabin courthouse steps variation pattern quilt top. It is made of 54 blocks, and it is six blocks wide by nine blocks tall. It is made of multicolor and patterned silk and ribbons. The center of each block is comprised of two strips of black or black with white pinstripes silk with a strip of coral red silk between the black pieces. The top and bottom strips of silk on each block tend to be black or another dark color. The darker shades of the silk and ribbons generally run down the center of each block while the brighter and lighter shades are to the sides of the block. The quilt topper is backed with squares of brown calicoes of different patterns. Several of the "right sides" of the calicos face the back of the silk topper and are stitched in place. The calico cotton edges of each quilt block are connected loosely by basting stitches. This quilt is hand stitched. The quilt was never finished, and there is no binding or quilting. There is no batting between the front and back layers.
Notes This quilt was made by Olivia (or Olive) Shryock about 1860.

Olivia was born on Aug. 10, 1827 and married Cincinnatus Shryock. They had the same last name because they were cousins (unsure of how distant). They lived in Lexington, Ky., and had five children: Ella (b.1850), John, Fred, Elizabeth and Olivia (Olive). In the census records (1860,1870 & 1880), Olivia was listed as a homemaker yet she had a higher value in the "real estate" and "personal estate" columns than her husband.

Cincinnatus Shryock was listed as a Clerk of the Circut Court in the 1870 census and an architect in the 1880 census. He was the brother of Gideon Shryock, the archictect who designed the 1831 Greek Revival State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky.
Collection Jean Field Collection
Event American Civil War
People Shryock, Olivia
Subjects Beds
Bedspreads
Quilting
Quilts
Sewing
House work
Housework
Art
Civil wars
Search Terms Kentucky
Quilt patterns
Quilt
Quilting
Quilts
Civil War
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS