Metropolitan Museum of Art, Honeycomb Quilt Covered Mug with Tea Infuser in Gift Box, 10.5 oz
This charming covered mug embellished with a so-called "Honeycomb" pattern exhibits a detail from the earliest wholly pieced American quilt in the Museum's holdings.
Matching kitchen / tea towel available.
About this American Quilt's History
Elizabeth Van Horne Clarkson (American, 1771–1852) is thought to have made this prismatic creation as a wedding present for her son circa 1830. While pieced quilts were common in 18th-century England, the technique didn't catch on in America until the 19th century, when increased leisure time popularized the craft and small printed cotton fabrics became more affordable.