1880s Antique Mariner's - Rising Sun Star Quilt County Fair Award Ribbon History For Sale
This is a stunning antique star quilt made in the late 1880s in Roswell, New Mexico. I bought it from my elderly lady friend in the 1980s, in Midland, Texas. It was made by her husband's great aunt, and displayed in the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in 1957winning Second Premium award in its category. It was already 70 years old even then. It certainly deserved to win since the piecing and quilting is so tiny and expert. All the little red diamonds are perfectly set and some of the quilting is only 1/8th of an inch apart!
Originally, it was white, red, yellow, and a forest green. Since fugitive dyes were used in those days, the green dye eventually faded to a golden beige. For some reason, the beige did not show up well in the pictures. It really is a deeper color, a bit darker than you see in the photos. The yellow shows up well in person, and is also a bit deeper in color. The pattern seems to be a fancy variation on the Mariner's Compass or Rising Sun pattern. It's just an amazing quilt!
My friend, now passed away, was Bristow, so I think the name on the tag may be misspelled. It's so much fun to have the tag and the ribbon, I think. I never used this quilt, although I did display it occasionally. It was very similar when I got it as it is now, except I carefully laundered it with Orvus and Synthrapol a few days ago, so it's fresh and clean. There was no bleeding whatsoever, so I imagine the red is turkey red. There are a few light spots, but nothing that distracts.
There is some wear on the right and left edges as shown in the photos, and along some of the binding, but the main body of the quilt is in very good condition. This quilt was not cut down, there is the original binding all the way around. The wear on the edges does not distract from the graphic display quality of this wonderful piece of quilt history.
I'm putting a very reasonable reserve on this quilt of under $100, which is less than what I originally paid. I have had this quilt for over thirty years, but now I must downsize and pass it on for someone else to enjoy. It is a small quilt, 74"x67" so it's perfect for display on a wall.
The package will weigh just under four (4) poundsand will be shipped in a box via USPSParcel Select to include tracking and insurance within the US. I do ship overseas, so do feel free to email me for your exact shipping costs.
I expectpayment within three days of the end of the sale, or an email to make other arrangements, if necessary.I'm easy to work with.
Thank you so much for looking and happy offerding!
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