A Unique Album Friendship Quilt
Signed by Edmund R. and Libby Vanderbilt, Issac Minnerly, Lettie and Austin Briggs, and others. Dated March 3, 1862, at the Civil War's beginning. Hearts, animals, and traditional album cut-out appliques, combined with pictorial occupational motifs about carpentry, dressmaking, and blacksmithing. The 'whos' are known, but the 'where' and 'why' are not. The Zouave soldier suggests New York State; the hearts imply a wedding gift.