Boer War


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-2905

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
Quilts and Human Rights
South Africa Quilt History Project (SAQHP)
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
16.0005
InstInvContrNumF004a
2016:10.1

Page 1

OwnerNameF010
Boer War
DateDataF006b
5/31/2016
QuiltTopF054
Bimsom, M.
IfOtherF007d
Museum employee
ProvCountryF057f
England
DateQuiltF023
1876-1900
DateFinishF023b
1900

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

ReasonsF060
Commemorative
PresUseF062
Museum collection

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
96"
OverallLengthF012b
100"
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Cream
Red
OverCondF015
Good/moderate use
TypeInscripF019
Message
ContInscripF020
"United we Stand for Queen and Empire"
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
LayFormatF024
Medallion or framed center

Page 4-Physical Description continued

FiberTypesF035
Cotton
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
ConstrucF038g
Embroidery
FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

ConstrucBindF046
Ruffles
FeaturesF053
Quilt or bed cover commemorating the Boer War. The piece is a single layer only, and unquilted. There is a wide ruffle on all four sides of the bed cover, and trimmed in handmade linen lace on four sides. The center of the quilt is an offwhite square of polished cotton, with an embroidered portrait of a military dignitary, surrounded by a wreath made of applique, and embroidered images of flowers in yellow floss, including thistle. A red square around the center contains embroidered British flags and leaves, and a banner which reads: "United we Stand for Queen and Empire" The square also contains three embroidered portraits of: General French, General Fuller and General Kitchener. A white cotton border surrounds the inner red square, and contains many embroidered images of soldiers and horsemen. Embroidered images from the bottom, left to right. All transcriptions [sic]: 1. [Portrait] CAPT. PERC SCOTT / RN / OF H.M.S. TERRIBLE / WHOSE GUN CARRIAGE SAVED LADY SMITH 2. [Portrait] LIEUT. COL. BYRON / ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY 3. [Portrait on horseback] THE . LIONS CUBS . TO . THE FRONT / A. TROOP . SERGEANT . MAJOR . THE . NEW . SOUTH . WALES . LANCERS 4. [Portrait] COL. R.C. KEKEWICH 5. [Portrait] MAJOR GE / SIR H. SMITH K.C.M.G. / COMMANDING AUSTRALIAN CONTINGENT 6. [Portrait] GENERAL . LORD . METHUEN 7. [Portrait] LIEUT. COL. H.C.O. PLUMER 8. Two soldiers standing next to boxes labeled "SHOT" 9. Classical female figure labeled "VENGEANCE" 10. [Portrait] MAJOR . GENERAL CLEMENTS 11. Man standing next to a dead horse, shooting at an enemy above words "TO . AVENGE . A . FALLEN . FRIEND" 12. [Portrait] FIELD MARSHALL LORD ROBERTS V.C. 13. [Portrait] LORD KITCHENE[R] 14. [Portrait] COL. R.S.S. BADEN-POWELL 15. UNITED WE STAND / FOR / QUEEN AND EMPIRE 16. Soldier holding shield with Anglo-Norman inscription "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE" above the words "WORKED IN 1900 BY M. BIMSON" 16. Man on horseback above the words "NEWS FROM MAFEKING DISPATCH . RIDER . PURSUED . BY . BOERS" 17. [Portrait] MAJOR . ROBIN / NEW ZEALAND CONTINGENT 18. Sailors with flags with caption "1900 / ONE NOBLE MATERNITY" 19. Classical female figure labeled "VENGEANCE" 20. [Portrait] COLONEL W.H. MACKINNON COMMANDING 21. [Portrait] MAJOR . GEN CHARLES TUCKER 22. [Portrait] LIEUT. GEN SIR G. WHITE V.C.GC.B. 23. [Portrait]LIUET. COL. OTTER / CANADIAN CONTINGENT 24. Standing soldier image above the words "LENT FOR THE OCCASION / N.C.D OF THE VICTORIAN MOUNTED RIFLES" 25. [Portrait] THE LATE . MAJOR . GEN / E.R.P. WOODGATE 26. [Portrait] THE LATE MAJ GEN SIR . W.P. SYMONS

Page 7-Owner Information

OwnershipF082
Public Museum, Library, or Institution
OwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
AcquiredF058
Purchase
ProvenanceF058a
From the eBay seller, "Here is a great item from a recent estate. This beautiful hand-made piece is a memorial of The Second Boer War (Oct. 1899 - May 1902), between Great Britain and and South Africa. Good condition for its age. I detect no major damage, stains or odors. Slight yellowing from storage. "Worked on in 1900 by M. Bimsom". This appears to be unstitched. 2/17/2016.
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All rights reserved, Michigan State University Museum

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University; Michigan State University Museum
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Pearl Yee Wong
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Michigan State University Museum

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