Civil War era antique silk Log Cabin pattern quilt/coverlet, c. 1865, rare
Beautiful, but fragile, this Civil War era quilt needs to be on display, carefully protected & conserved. Expertly hand-sewn by great-great grandmother, it was always shown on the "company bed", so any visible wear on the item is not from use, but simply from Old Age! Some of the silks are completely intact, others are frayed and deteriorating. Entire item is clean, and from smoke-free environment. Handled with care, these measurements were confirmed: 54" x 72". Body of quilt consists of 64 six inch blocks, each with 25 small strips of assorted silk, and 1 RED square at the center. Do the math, that would be 1600 strips of delicate silk, hand-measured, hand-cut, and tediously hand-sewn together. How many days, months, years of labor would that require? Backing is assorted large blocks of floral patterned silk, secured to the quilt top by red? There is no batting, only layers of fabric. Some small areas of missing fabric are shown in photos. Must not be laundered or dry cleaned. Item is not soiled & would be destroyed by any cleaning process. One photo shows the family's daughter wearing her best hand-made gown, scraps of which can be seen in the quilt piece just below the oval frame, with brown and gold stripes! Photo is dated 1869, location Champaign, Illinois. Same photo, from tintype, is shown in the small velvet album. This quilt is a treasure, and must be carefully displayed, protected and preserved. Below-market asking price, and hoping for possible placement in a regional history museum.
The item "Civil War era antique silk Log Cabin pattern quilt/coverlet, c. 1865, rare" is in sale since Sunday, September 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Quilts\Completed Quilts".
The seller is "bigbob1718" and is located in Hickory, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Size: Twin 54" x 72"
- Material: SILK
- Technique: Patchwork
- Pattern: Log Cabin
- Color: Multi-Color
- Time Period Manufactured: Pre-1930