Victoria Royall Broadhead: Tumbling Blocks Quilt

Employing skillful color variations and similar block patterns in the interior and border, this quilt was clearly a point of pride for its maker. The label on the reverse reads, "Box and Star Pattern, Quilt made by Mrs. Victoria Royall Broadhead in 1865 to 1870 in Columbia, Mo.," and lists state fairs in two cities (Saint Louis and Kansas City) where the quilt received the first premium, and others (Columbia and Mexico, Missouri) where it was exhibited.