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Made by the Ladies of the Second Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


White cotton with red and blue printed cotton patchwork and printed chintz appliqué with inked named and inscriptions

9 feet 2 1/2 inches × 10 feet 5 inches (280.7 × 317.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Cornelia Newlin Borgerhoff, 2000

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In 1837, the Presbyterian Church split into the Old School and New School, a schism mirrored in the design of the two Presbyterian quilts on view here. This example was made by members of the Second Presbyterian Church, a conservative congregation then located at Seventh and Arch Streets in Philadelphia. It is dedicated to Cornelius C. Cuyler, D.D., who served as pastor from 1834 to 1850. The design is a traditional pieced-work pattern known as Double Irish Chain and incorporates chintz fabric appliqués. It was common during this period to supplement a pastor's salary with the gift of a quilt, with the parishioners making a monetary contribution to have their name on a block.