Fiberboard, cotton, wood
Overall (a): 8 1/2 in. × 39 in. × 2 1/4 in. (21.6 × 99.1 × 5.7 cm) Overall (b): 8 1/2 × 38 3/4 × 2 1/4 in. (21.6
printed: all over: "WASHINGTON AND/ INDEPENDENCE/ AMERICA PRESENTING AT THE/ ALTER OF LIBERTY MEDALLIONS/ OF HER ILLUSTRIOUS SONS/ GEN GATES/ GEN REED/ GEN WASHINGTON/ B. FRANKLIN/ ..."
Fiberboard curtain valances covered with a cotton copper-engraved textile with a personification of America presenting medallions with images of George Washington and his staff to a personification of Liberty on an altar holding a staff topped by a liberty cap, with George Washington being crowned with laurel wreath by a winged-Victory and cupids in clouds above; printed in red on a white ground; wooden support across the interior of the valance.
Originally, these valances came to the Society as a single piece of yardage (56" x 30"). In 1946, the Society used the textile to make these valances for the cornices of the Beekman bedroom.
Gift of Mrs. Richard W. Meade, Sr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.