Bear's Paw

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Top By: Brown, Mercy Lena
Quilted By: Brown, Mercy Lena
Period: 1876-1900
Date: Late 1800s
Location Made: Exeter, Rhode Island (RI) United States
Project Name: Rhode Island Quilt Documentation Project
Contributor: University of Rhode Island
ID Number: 51
Quilt Size: 84 inches x 95 inches
Fabrics: Cotton, Unknown, Print, Solid/plain
Colors: White, Red, Brown
Construction: Hand Piecing
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Unknown, Unknown
Other Notes: Quiltmaker believed to be a vampire by the townspeople. When Mercy died of consumption, like her mother and sister before her, her brother began to get sick as well. Mercy's body was exhumed to see if she had blood in her heart, in which case she was a vampire and may be draining her brother of life. The heart was found to have blood, so it was burned in the graveyard and the ashes were mixed into a concoction for her brother to drink. He died of consumption three months later.
Related Items/Publications: Fig. 136.Welters, Linda and Margaret Ordonez (eds.), Down by the Old Mill Stream, Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2000. pp. 255-257. Dimock-Quaglia, Cynthia. "The 'Vampire' Quilt: A Material-Culture Study." Uncoverings 20 (1999): 159-83.
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