Overall: 80 x 61 in. (203.2 x 154.9 cm)
White cotton filet crochet handmade bedcover commemorating the American Centennial. Worked into the open mesh that serves as the ground is an image of Lady Liberty surrounded by portraits of the first eighteen U.S. presidents. Liberty holds the staff of an unfurling American flag and a shield, which bears the dates 1776 and 1876. She is flanked by an American eagle and standing on a base emblazoned with the legend "Genius of America." Above her, float the letters "U.S." Arranged clockwise around the border are busts of the American presidents from Washington to Grant, indicating their dates of inauguration. Each presidential portrait is enclosed in an eight-pointed star. The circle of presidents is wreathed by a pattern of stylized leaves and berries. The entire coverlet is fringed with a crocheted border.
Anna Mary Schweckendick (1829-1909); to her youngest daughter, Lillian Schweckendick Fastenau (1875-1919); to her daughter, Florence Fastenau Lord (1894-1969) to her daughter, Geraldine Lord Weller (1924-1995); to her cousin Mary McGowan Laird (b. 1928); to her daughter Linda Laird Cassidy (b. 1948), the donor.
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