This small patchwork coverlet is just 36 x 36 cm and was probably used to decorate a table. Velvet and silk were both popular fabrics in the mid Victorian era between 1850 - 1875, and cushions, throws and tea cosies produced in the mosaic or crazy patchwork style adorned many a parlour.
The small 25mm squares of velvet have been pieced over papers. One row still contains the papers which have been cut from a catalogue, and some of the tacking also remains.
Altogether there are eight rows of the mosaic squares. Five of velvet form a dark central medallion, with three more brightly coloured outer rows in silk.
The piece was donated from West Sussex along with several other small textile items.