Quilt in a popular Southern pattern unfortunately often called New York Beauty today although traditionally the design was called Crown of Thorns or Rocky Mountain by the people who made them.
"Old Red, Green & White Quilt""Mark Rickman's mother Frances Elmira Henry Rickman pieced this quilt when James K. Polk of Tennessee, was President of United States (1844 [1845-1849]-1848) and Mark was bon in 1849; she named this quilt for James K. Polk & called it "Polk in the White House." Mark was about 3 years old when she was quilting this quilt for .... her to prick her finger here if he would quit (sic), she would give him this quilt when he married.
The quilt was finished around 1852 or 1853. James K. Polk died in 1849, the year Mark was born. Mark and Ella Mills Rickman were married June 18, 1873. Mark was father of Roy Rickman."
As a Tennessean Frances may have begun this quilt during the hot contest between Polk of Tennessee and Henry Clay of Kentucky. Polk was yoked to a promise to admit Texas as a slave-holding territory.
Antislavery advocates in Boston were outraged.