Fiberboard, cotton, wood
a: 8 1/2 x 39 x 2 1/4 in. ( 21.6 x 99.1 x 5.7 cm ) b: 8 1/2 x 38 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. ( 21.6 x 98.4 x 5.7 cm ) c: 8 1/2
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 accross the interior of the valance.
Gift of Mrs. Richard W. Meade, Sr.
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/ ..."
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.
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