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Shading is due to lighting, not representative of the quilt. When one first looks at this wonderful textile, one immediately assumes it is an overshot coverlet, as I did. It’s a mid 19th century knit table cover created in strips of various widths from apx 9” to 19” and then sewn together with the same ecru thread that was used to knit this masterpiece.

Crowning this amazing piece and totally encircling it is a 1-1/2” handmade fringe, also of the same ecru thread.

This perfect condition quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted.

We are able to assume this because the quilt pre-dates home use of the treadle machine.

Also indicative of the 1840s is the nine block formation, as we have here.

Completely created by hand, and made at least 10 years before the sewing machine was in public use, this is a true masterpiece for the wall or bed. This early quilt is a statement of affluence and good taste. The front of the quilt is in excellent, excellent condition.

The close of the 19th century saw the upsurge in popularity of Victorian Crazy Quilts, those wonderfully exuberant creations of silk, velvet, ribbons and all manner of embellishments.

Click on the pictures below to see more views of my 18th & 19th Century Antique Quilts.

The huge variety of fabrics used in this piecing could lead someone to call it a scrap quilt, a term from later years.

In this case, these pieces of fabrics must have come from an affluent family as they are so expensive.

I do not know the exact location of the creation of this piece of art, but I lean towards the Chester Co, PA area.

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