Rare Antique Friendship Quilt Top Signed, Dated 1847 Red Chintz & Green Paisley
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Rare Antique Friendship Quilt Top Signed, Dated 1847 Red Chintz & Green Paisley:
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<img border="0"><br><a target="_blank"><img border="0"><An amazing early 19th c. friendship quilt top, completely hand stitched in a variation of the flying geese pattern.
An early, important piece of Philadelphia, PA and Bridgeton, NJ history.
Where do I begin to describe this exceptional piece?
Clearly the work of many talented women, this top has wonderful early fabrics. There are severaldifferent red chintz fabrics, in addition to a lovely green paisley. Colors are vibrant and bright with absolutely no fading.
This quilt top is crisp, unwashed, and the condition is incredible with no wear, tears, or holes. There are some slight age spots, nothing major. Clearly this piece was well taken care of, and well preserved over the last 165+ years.
A great variety of names, dates, info, and designs hand written in ink and hand ink stamped into what I believe is a muslin fabric. There is an especially sweet ink stamp of a hummingbird and flower above the hand written ink signature of Elizabeth M. Ekel.
Also, a quote, " Thy sister Catharine" surrounded by a floral border.
The quilt top measures ? by ? inches. The hand piecing is done at an expert ? stitches per inch.
Some of the names signing this quilt top include:
Mary J, Elmes- May 13, 1848
Friendship- Mary P. Ekel, Mrs. EV Hagner (member of a family of chocolate manufacturers), Amy F. Holmes (merchant family), John B. Fithian, Philadelphia.
Harriet N.R. Fithian, Bridgeton W.,NJ- April 9, 1847
Harriet was born on Sept. 12, 1827 and died May 5, 1911. She was married in 1851 in Philadelphia to George Deal, a grocer and baker and their daughter, Harriet was born Nov. 24, 1852. George enlisted on July 24,1861 in Philadelphia at age 36, and achieved the rank of Quartermaster Sargeant and served as sutler for 18th Regiment VCR. He was discharged on Surgeon's Certificate Of Disability. He went on to work for Godfrey Keebler as a baker, this would later become Keebler Cookie Company. These are just some of the interesting facts that I discovered while researching the names on this amazing quilt top.
Margaret Lummis- May 21, 1847
Truly an amazing early textile with wonderful fabrics and signatures. Please see all photos for details on this lovely quilt top.
Please see my other listings for an amazing early quilt exhibited at "The American Museum of Folk Art" in 1989 and other great folk art pieces. Please email me if you would like additional photos.
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Shipping provided by UPS ground, fully insured. Payment kindly due within5 days of sale's end.<div style="text-align:center"><a style="text-decoration:none" border="0"></a></div> On Apr-12-13 at 21:40:34 PDT, seller added the following information:
The measurements of this wonderful early quilt top are 94" by 84" and there are roughly 8-9 stitches per inch.