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Treasured Quilt Returns

April 12, 2012      Author : Maine Island Living    Category: Art, Community      0 Comment(s)

The North Haven Historical Society recently received the extraordinary gift of a 200+ year-old quilt from the Denham family. “Embroidered and pieced wool quilts are probably the rarest of eighteenth and nineteenth century American bed covering,” says Lynne Z. Bassett a foremost expert on early American quilts.

This rare example of American quilt-making originated with the Dyer family on Vinalhaven prior to the war of 1812. The piece was created with handwoven wool and skillfully embroidered with island images. —Photo courtesy of The North Haven Historical Society

Exemplifying remarkably fine workmanship, this exquisite folk art was cared for by generations of the Dyer family, Mayflower descendants who moved from Plymouth to Vinalhaven and later in the mid 19th century to central Maine. The Lucy Dyer Denham Quilt will be formally presented to the North Haven Historical Society during a luncheon June 6, 2012.

Related Links:

North Haven Historical Society: www.northhavenmainehistoricalsociety.org

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