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A6954 Layette pillow, 'Advance Australia...', cotton muslin / linen / brass pins, maker unknown, Australia, 1833. Click to enlarge.

Layette pillow ‘Advance Australia...’

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1833.

Pillow, rectangular, inner case of linen covered with white cotton muslin and edged with a flounce of white cotton muslin. The upper surface is stuck with pins, the heads grouped to form decorative patterns and lettering. Some pin have the older 'brass coil' heads, others have smooth heads (which came into use c. 1820 in England). Handsewn. Unidentified filling. At the top the pin heads are formed into the image of a bell and two doves with the caption "Advance Australia", below the pins form th...

Summary

Object No.

A6954

Object Statement

Layette pillow, 'Advance Australia...', cotton muslin / linen / brass pins, maker unknown, Australia, 1833

Physical Description

Pillow, rectangular, inner case of linen covered with white cotton muslin and edged with a flounce of white cotton muslin. The upper surface is stuck with pins, the heads grouped to form decorative patterns and lettering. Some pin have the older 'brass coil' heads, others have smooth heads (which came into use c. 1820 in England). Handsewn. Unidentified filling. At the top the pin heads are formed into the image of a bell and two doves with the caption "Advance Australia", below the pins form the letters of a verse "Come Gentle Babe & with thy smile / A woman's Direst Pangs Beguile / Come Sweet Infant come & Crown / Her Day's with Blessings yet unknown / Born June A.D.1833". A heart decorates each corner. The pillow surface is bordered with a zig zag pattern.

Dimensions

Height

90 mm

Width

280 mm

Depth

200 mm

Production

Made

Australia, Oceania 1833

History

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1978

Acquisition Date

16 October 1978

Cite this Object

Harvard

Layette pillow 'Advance Australia...' 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 January 2020, <https://ma.as/188049>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/188049 |title=Layette pillow 'Advance Australia...' |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=28 January 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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