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Crazy Quilt

Date:
ca. 1880–85
Geography:
Made in New England, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Cotton
Dimensions:
80 1/4 x 80 in. (203.8 x 203.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, David Scott Parker Gift, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.342
Not on view
Crazy quilts, a fad in the last decades of the nineteenth century, were most commonly pieced from irregularly shaped bits of velvet and silk. This exuberant quilt is far more unusual, since its unknown maker chose to craft it from brightly patterned cottons. The cottons create an album of fashionable, though inexpensive, fabrics of the 1880s, including Egyptian Revival and Japanesque designs, children’s handkerchiefs, and pieces of “cheater” cloth—fabric that was printed to imitate patchwork. One of the handkerchiefs, printed with playing cards, is inscribed “ORIENTAL PRINT WORKS, APPONAUG, RI.” It is possible that this mill produced many of the fabrics found in the quilt.
Inscription: ORIENTAL PRINT WORKS/ APPONAUG/ RI
Purchsed by seller (Stella Rubin) from another dealer at the New Hampshire Antiques Show, August, 2007. No family history available.
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