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Catalog Number 1976.240.002
Description "Think of Me" Pillow, c. 1850s. Rectangular pale green ground, likely a silk blend, with embroidered designs and lettering on front and back, trimmed with a pale green silken cord, and off white machine lace edging on all sides. Machine lace includes: a large band of interlocking designs trimmed with floral motifs, a narrow band of circles with center dots, and a triangular edge with larger petal motifs. Face: The French phrase "Pensez à Moi" (do think of me) is embroidered across the face on angle in off white silken embroidery floss using a stem stitch. Matching pale green silken cord is whip stitched to pillow edge with the off white silken embroidery floss against the weave of the cord to create a cross pattern. Decorative corner treatment and handle created by looping silken cord into five loops of various sizes.

Reverse: Nine groupings of various interlocking circles are embroidered onto the reverse using a stem stitch in pale green, pink, and off white silken embroidery floss. The outer edge of the pillow is embroidered with a threaded running stitch, lazy daisy in a off white silken thread.
Object Name Pillow
Collection 3D - Bedding
Title "Think of Me" Pillow, c. 1850s
Date c. 1850s
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "Pensez à Moi" (French, embroidered across face of pillow on angle in off white silken embroidery thread)
Provenance Original notes says "BELONGED TO VIRGINIA REED MURPHY COLLECTION, ONE OF THE SURVIVORS OF THE DONNER PARTY TRAGEDY"
Notes "A pillow is used to sleep on and support the head/neck or other parts of the body while sleeping, lying down or sitting. In addition, pillows have decorative uses and are used on beds, couches or chairs; these are also referred to as cushions.
In contemporary western culture pillows consist of a plain or patterned fabric envelope (pillowcase) which contains a soft stuffing, which may range from down feathers to synthetic foam. In other cultures, pillows have been made of wood or stone. Bed pillows are typically covered with a cloth pillowcase. Pillows used in a living room typically have a sturdy cloth cover.

There are also throw pillows (also called toss pillows or pillow shams in different worldwide dialects of English), which are pillows that are mainly decorative and not designed for support or comfort. A cushion is a soft bag filled with air or padding such as hollow fiber, feathers, foam or rubber. In the United Kingdom, pillows used on chairs and sofas are called cushions or throw cushions, with the word pillow used only for pillows on a bed. In the UK, cushions are usually square, while bed pillows are oblong." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillow 3/1/2017]
Dimensions H-1.25 W-24 D-15.25 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Household Goods
Pillows
Subjects Decorations
Linen industry
Houses