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.
- Designer: Victoria Royall Broadhead
- Medium: Silk, velvet, wood
- Place Made: Columbia, Missouri, United States
- Dates: ca. 1865-1870
- Dimensions: 64 x 68 in. (162.6 x 172.7 cm) (show scale)
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 53.59.1
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Richard Draper
- Rights Statement:
- Caption: Victoria Royall Broadhead. Tumbling Blocks Quilt, ca. 1865-1870. Silk, velvet, wood, 64 x 68 in. (162.6 x 172.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Richard Draper, 53.59.1
- Catalogue Description: Pieced quilt with multicolored silks and black silk velvet; design is sometimes called baby block pattern. Large black and tan cord tassels with wooden core at each corner; edged with silk cord. Condition fragile; areas of silk deteriorating; one tassel damaged.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)