New Project – Late/Post-War Commemorative & Memorial Pieces

First off, this whole project does need a better name. That said…

The concept here is with the 1864 & 1865 anniversary years of the American Civil War approaching, I would like to see a comprehensive display of items made by the wives, mothers and daughters in commemoration or memorial of their loved ones serving in or who served in the War.

Recently, at an event for the Hunt, NY Memorial Hall, I was able to talk with a few ladies about this project. To my delight, they expressed interest in working on it as well. How wonderful to make this a community project!

During the war and in the years following, a great many handmade pieces were worked in memory of a family member or friend who served during the war and may or may not have died. I would like to see those interested in participating reproduce these items. The list is an ongoing, growing one, changing as we learn more about commemorative and memorial works. This is what we have so far:

  • Quilts – (Examples include: 1, 2, 3, 4 also GAR signature quilts and GAR ribbon crazy quilts)
  • Embroidery pieces – (Examples include: 1, these are each pre-war )
  • Pen and ink art – (Examples include: looking)
  • Personal items and jewelry – (Examples include: Handkerchiefs, Hair piece, silhouette brooch, gutta percha, jet, bog oak, etc.)
  • Hair Pieces (Examples include: 1 )
  • Memorial die-cuts (Examples include: scroll down)
  • Patriotic items that may or may not be memorial/commemorative pieces but are worth looking at & thinking about: Needle-book 1, poke bag?

If you are interested in participating, please send me a message or leave a comment. It will be nice to have some of these items available for visitors to see at events in the coming year with a comprehensive display available for 2015.


While this particular piece (center) is earlier (1785-1793), I would like to see if this was still done in the mid-19th century. If this does turn out to be appropriate, the next question will be whether it would have been a commemorative/memorial piece for our purposes. Then comes the question of how to replicate it. This one has a simpler frame that may be easier to recreate. (must learn some jewelry techniques.)

Two earlier embroidered pieces: 1800 and 1875. It will be important to look at the development of memorial art as it progresses through the century.

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