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Shoofly Full-size Reversible Bed Quilt, Vintage Antique Bed Covering Bedding For Sale
Vintage Shoofly Reversible Quilt
We purchased this quilt at an antique show years ago and just recently brought it to the Textile Department at the University of Rhode Island to have it evaluated.
They determined that the quilt is from the 1880's. The date was established by the type of colors of some of the materials. The pattern is called Shoofly and some of the materials are woven designs, with the blue color called 'cadet blue' and the wine color is called 'claret' (these colors were only used in the late 1800's).
The quilt is attributed to Southern New England as there were many mills in this area and these materials would have been made there. It's reversible, and the back is all woven material, and because there are so many different plaids and woven designs it was determined that someone must have worked in one of the mills to acquire so many plaids. The front has some green material that is English and was used primarily for slipcovers and drapes. There are some striped materials that came from either a man's shirt or woman's shirtwaist (blouse). There is also a half inch binding all around the edge made of the same materials.
It is hand-knotted throughout. The measurements are 78 1/2" x 90". It's a lightweight quilt and in excellent condition.
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Shoofly Full-size Reversible Bed Quilt, Vintage Antique Bed Covering Bedding: $450