American Antique Victorian Crazy Quilts
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About American Antique Victorian Crazy Quilts
The heyday of Victorian Crazy quilting was circa 1885. However, these quilts were made from 1880 until the late 1890’s. Any Crazy quilt containing a date prior to 1879, would most likely indicate a special date from the family’s history.

During the height of the Victorian era, homes could not have enough embellishment. Women wholeheartedly threw themselves into decorating every inch of the floors, walls and furniture. The culture of the times was full of symbolism, poetry and romance. Crazy quilting allowed women to display their artistic abilities in needlework, oil painting, and arrangement of embellishments. Silks, silk velvets and chenille, and threads of every hue were used to incorporate names, dates, pictures, and a wide assortment of symbols.

Antique Crazy quilts are judged by design, graphics, level of embellishment and overall condition. We have antique quilts truly astonishing in their level of needlework and graphic impact, and as always, guaranteed to be the very highest quality.
 
Q8678 Mennonite Folk Art Fan
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Q8678 Mennonite Folk Art Fan
c.1895
60 x 67 (152.4 x 170.2 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
$3,900

Such a unique quilt! This Mennonite maker took a traditional fan pattern and turned it on its head by incorporating the fans into a fabulous crazy quilt in warm hues of brown, russet, palest blue and ivory. Each piece has embellishment stitching on the seams in a multitude of softly hued silk flosses. The fabrics are a combination of solids, stripes, circles and soft plaids in a variety of soft cottons - most with a beautiful soft sheen - with some fine wool challis pieces interspersed. The resulting work of textile art is a beautiful mix of soft elegance and folk art warmth.

The sixteen crazy quilt fan blocks measure 13 x 13 ½ inches and are pieced and embroidered by hand. A 6 inch wide fan border surrounds the inner design on three sides with a narrower striped border at the top. The backing of this quilt is strip pieced in paisley and solid brown cottons - see detail images. Hand quilting is in straight lines following the block shapes. The applied 1/2 inch binding is in solid brown cotton.

This is a unique quilt that would please a variety of tastes; from Folk Art to softly elegant to cozy comfy. The perfect size for wall art or for use as a throw on bed or sofa. In perfect condition it is ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing. Please ask Betsey for more details.
Q8796 Dated Folk Art Crazy Quilt 'Think of Me'
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Q8796 Dated Folk Art Crazy Quilt 'Think of Me'
Dated 1900
62 x 71 (157.5 x 180.3 cm)
PA
$3,400

A fabulous folk art crazy quilt comprised of a combination of wool, wool challis and velvet crazy pieces with whimsical wool embroidery. A wonderful palette of reds, blues, russet, greens, browns, and ecru forms the ground of this great folk art piece. The artist used this as a canvas onto which she embroidered large scale whimsical and traditional designs using a variety of stitch patterns and colors of wool yarns in bright, warm hues.

Multiple cats along with birds, large bugs and a terrific barn with fence are included with a sentimental 'Think of Me'. In the center of the quilt is the embroidered date of 1900. The name of 'Hatt' as well as initials 'G.D.R.' are hand stitched with wool yarn. The backing is a fabulous and early black, pink and white cotton print - see detail images. Reverse tied with cream wool yarn this quilt also has a pillowcase edging. Multi-hued wool embellishment stitching provides the perfect finish for the outside edges.

Charm and a certain 'joie de vivre' combine to make this quilt a great choice as a focal point for that special room. Folk art whimsy at its best, this is a wonderful and unique quilt that can be sent to you on approval for private review. Please ask Betsey for more details.
Q8960 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt
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Q8960 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
60 x 60 (152.4 x 152.4 cm) plus 3½ inch bobbin lace (8.9 cm)
Was $3,200 Now $2,800

The 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition was a big event in Victorian society. One of the most popular exhibits was the Japanese pavilion with its fascinating crazed ceramics and asymmetrical art. Many historians believe the origin of the Victorian Crazy Quilt was inspired by the majestic Japanese screens seen for the first time at the exposition. During the height of the Victorian era, homes seemingly could never have enough embellishment. Early quilts made in the crazy quilt style were show pieces, often made to decorate the parlor. Silks, silk velvets, wools and chenille fabrics, along with silk, cotton, wool, gold metallic and chenille threads of every color, were used to incorporate names, dates, pictures, and a wide assortment of symbols. Although crazy style quilts may appear haphazard they were carefully planned.

This gorgeous example embodies the best of what emerged from this magnificent era of over-the-top quilts; dense embroidery of every imaginable size, shape and design covers the high quality and rich variety of silks and silk velvets produced in the 1880's before the onset of large scale manufacturing of more affordable silks for the masses starting in the early 1890's.

Oil paintings on velvet and silk, metallic thread embroidery, 3 dimensional ribbon flowers, floral sprays, photographs on silk, boy with umbrella, fancy initials, chenille goldenrod in the diagonal red silk velvet sash, birds, cattails, egrets and little girls in bonnets are some of the various figures that accompany extraordinary embroidery stitches of every color, size and design.

A perfect size for hanging, this quilt is embellished on all sides by 3½ inch wide bobbin lace sewn to the pillowcase edge. The backing is gorgeous wine silk with pom pom ties. This quilting masterpiece is in perfect, original condition. Please contact us if you'd like to see this beauty on approval in the privacy of your home.

CON CH1 Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt with Provenance
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CON CH1 Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt with Provenance
c.1885
62 x 72 (157.5 x 182.9 cm)
Mayville, MI
SOLD

The 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition was a big event in Victorian society. One of the most popular exhibits was the Japanese pavilion with its fascinating crazed ceramics and asymmetrical art. During the height of the Victorian era, homes could not have enough embellishment. Early quilts made in the crazy style were show pieces, often made as lap robes or to decorate the parlor. Women wholeheartedly threw themselves into decorating every inch of the floors, walls and furniture.

The culture of the times was full of symbolism, poetry and romance. Crazy quilting allowed women to display their artistic abilities in needlework, oil painting, and arrangement of embellishments. Silks, silk velvets, wools and chenille fabrics, along with silk, cotton, wool and chenille threads of every color, were used to incorporate names, dates, pictures, and a wide assortment of symbols. Although crazy style quilts may appear haphazard they were carefully planned.

This exquisite Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt with provenance comes to us from a descendant of the maker. Gorgeous embellishments include 3 dimensional ribbon flowers, chenille embroidery, metallic threads and sequins. Wonderful elements include the Star of David, 'Think of Me', a Grand Lodge symbol, a wise old owl, appliqued silk cutouts, large and intricately stitched embroidered designs covering multiple silk patches rest alongside intricately stitched miniature floral bouquets, butterflies, egret, and a Harrison political ribbon to name just a few. This dense embroidered embellishment includes various hues of silk twist and fills the interiors of the silks as well as the seams. This exquisite and skillfully executed Victorian Crazy Quilt example is comprised of all different c.1880 and earlier silks from dresses and ribbons. The quilt has a black cotton backing with reverse ties and is bound with black silk. This work of art is in fabulous condition. Ask Betsey for more details. Family provenance to the buyer upon sale. This quilt can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing.

Q8728 Cotton Crazy Quilt
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Q8728 Cotton Crazy Quilt
c.1928
82 x 84 (208.3 x 213.4 cm)
New England, believed MA
SOLD

A wonderful, cuddly cotton quilt with a great assortment of cottons in a medley of 1920's colors and patterns. A true crazy quilt with no defined blocks making up its construction and every piece of fabric fitting together like a big puzzle. Both hand and treadle sewing machine pieced. Yellow cotton floss embroidery outlines each shape in a small, precise herringbone stitch. Very sweet.

The backing of this fun quilt is a wonderful medium scale geometric pattern in red, white and blue - see detail image. The pillowcased edge is treadle machine topstitched 1/16 inch in from the edge for a clean look. There is no quilting or ties to this quilt and the bat is thin - possibly a thin cotton blanket.

This quilt is a wonderful size that is perfect for a large bed or a comfy, bright throw on a couch. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it appears unused and is ready to send to you on approval.

CON JE1 Silk & Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt, Full Provenance with Original Family Photos
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CON JE1 Silk & Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt, Full Provenance with Original Family Photos
Circa 1883, multiple sets of initials
73 x 74 (185.4 x 188 cm)
Silk and Silk Velvet front and back
Brooklyn, New York
SOLD

A spectacular Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt in mint condition with family provenance including photos. On consignment to RMQ from the family this extraordinary Crazy Quilt was created circa 1883 in Brooklyn, New York by four sisters and a brother, along with their relatives and friends. The quilt is a stunning piece of work and includes oil paintings, silk embroidered pictures and motifs, appliques, metal threadwork, beadwork, sequins, 3-D flowers, and handmade bobbin lace. A beautiful and intricately worked piece of textile art.

Full provenance, to be provided to the buyer upon sale, includes a 3 ring notebook compiled by the family which includes a family tree, original photos of the multiple family members and friends who created the quilt as well as a schematic of the quilt showing different symbols and their meaning, a newspaper article and obituary of the head of the family.

The quilt is in pristine, perfect condition front and back. The outer deep teal blue silk velvet border measures 5 1/2 inches wide and shimmers in the light - please see first detail image. Each crazy quilt block measures approximately 10 3/4 inches square. The backing is a lovely deep cinnamon maroon silk that has green silk embellishment herringbone stitching in corner to corner and side to side cross hatched lines. The quilt has a skillfully executed pillowcase edge. This masterpiece showcases artistic skill both in oil painting and silk embroidered figures, florals, and motifs. It encompasses all we look for in textile art of this kind; wonderful artistry skillfully executed using high quality silks and silk velvets, metallic threads, beadwork, and sequins. That it comes to RMQ directly from the family of origin complete with provenance and original family photos brings it to another level. Ask to see this quilt on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8758 Wool Crazy Quilt with Felted Red Wool Top Ties
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Q8758 Wool Crazy Quilt with Felted Red Wool Top Ties
c.1895
72 x 75 (182.9 x 190.5 cm)
Chester County, PA
$2,500

A vibrant Crazy Quilt in glorious rich hues of deep greens, multiple shades of burgundy and wine, various blues from deep to vibrant, taupes, mustard and peach. Comprised of mostly solid colored wools and wool challis there are also some wonderful checks, plaids and textured solids adding movement to the design and interest for the eye. Seams are embellished with both cotton and silk flosses with some embroidered interior motifs giving this beauty folk art flair. Adding to the folk art theme are felted red wool circles with crimped edges at the base of each cotton floss top tie - thus turning the utilitarian aspect of quilt ties into a wonderful design element. See detail images.

The backing is a very fine olive green wool challis with darker green specks that has a russet shimmer in the light. The backing folds to the front and is sewn down to form a ΒΌ inch binding. Lovely daisy chain embellishment stitching in peach floss covers the binding seam all around. Another wonderful detail in this well thought out quilt.

This is a warm and vibrant example of a skillfully made wool and wool challis Victorian Crazy Quilt. In perfect condition, this quilt can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8797 Silk Crazy Quilt with Brick Border
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Q8797 Silk Crazy Quilt with Brick Border
c.1885
60 x 76 (152.4 x 193 cm)
NY
$2,900

A fabulous concoction in jewel toned silks, this antique Crazy Quilt shimmers beautifully in the light. A myriad of silks, mostly solids with some intriguing stripes added for special interest, vary in size from 2 inches to 12 in a variety of geometric shapes. The viewer’s eye is truly focused on the gorgeous array of color and form due to the use of herringbone seam embellishment only. The expanse of solid and striped silks becomes, like pieces in a stained glass window, the focal point of this lovely work of art.

Surrounding the inner design is a 1 1/2 inch wide brick border comprised of various silks used in the interior design forming a lovely frame. The inner seam is embellished with embroidered silk stars. A 1/4 inch hand applied wine silk binding finishes the edge. The backing on this quilt is a medium blue cotton twill.

A lovely silk Crazy Quilt in a perfect size for a wall hanging in that special room. Please ask Betsey for more details and to see this quilt on approval in your home.
Q7043 Cotton Flannel Abstract Quilt
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Q7043 Cotton Flannel Abstract Quilt
c.1885
80 x 80 (203.2 x 203.2 cm)
DE
$1,300

Such a phenomenal, early, unused quilt, full of abstract shapes in a wide palette of hues. Sixteen large blocks were constructed from a wide variety of cotton and flannels in calico, plaids, and stripes in an abstract formation. The 5 inch deep brown plaid border frames the quilt perfectly, and has been turned over to the back to create a ¾ inch binding. This early quilt is as comfortable in an antique setting as it would be hanging as the central focus in a contemporary, abstract inspired home.

The backing is a soft gray flannel, divided by a bar of gray plaid down the center. The quilt is reverse tied with gray Pearl cotton twist, and ready to hang as wall art with two black cotton sleeves already applied. However, it is so warm and inviting, you might not be able to resist using it on your antique or ultra modern bed. This quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and can be shipped to you for viewing on approval in the privacy of your home.
Q8299 Folk Art Center Medallion Crazy Quilt
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Q8299 Folk Art Center Medallion Crazy Quilt
c.1920
84 x 88
Pennsylvania
$1,550

This incredible unused cotton center medallion crazy quilt is full of wonderful fabrics in shades of blue, orange, yellow, black, and burgundy. Made to be a summer coverlet it contains no batting and was foundation pieced onto an ecru cotton backing with a combination of hand piecing and hand appliqué.

This quilt contains a feast of shapes large and small, angular and curvaceous most of which are not repeated more than once. Very lyrical in feel, the one anchor point in this unique folk art piece is the center medallion. This sunburst medallion has been formed from spokes of solid red and orange and backlit with softer shades in green and pink calico. It radiates out toward a very energetic and ever changing ‘sky’. The 3/8 inch separately applied binding is a black and grey leafy calico.

Professionally hand washed by Betsey this unused quilt would be fabulous on bed or wall and can be sent to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.
Q8760 Folk Art Wool Challis Crazy Quilt
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Q8760 Folk Art Wool Challis Crazy Quilt
Dated 1893
68 x 68 (172.7 x 172.7 cm)
Wykoff, NJ
SOLD

A fabulous wool folk art crazy quilt with a myriad of interesting and unique symbols, floral embroideries and other embellishments that brings to mind thoughts of joy and a zest for living. Mostly solid wool challis fabrics combine in a gorgeous palette of reds, blues, russet, olives, browns, orange, purple, black and ecru to form the ground of this wonderful folk art piece. The artist used this as a canvas onto which she embroidered large scale whimsical and traditional designs using a variety of stitch patterns and colors of wool yarns in bright, warm hues.

Central to the quilt’s design is a black challis block containing the date of creation and maker’s age residing next to eyeglasses, a crescent moon with face, and amorphous shapes with opulent embroidery both large and colorful. The backing of this quilt is its own cotton patchwork quilt top, in this case used as a fabulous backing done in reds, blue and cream in mid and large scale calicoes and solids. Reverse tied with black wool yarn this quilt also has a pillowcase edging. Black wool yarn is used as a decorative running stitch embellishment, making the perfect finish for the outside edges.

A certain naivité and joie de vivre combine to make this quilt a great choice as a focal point in any room. Folk art whimsy at its best, this is a wonderful and unique quilt that can be sent to you to review in your home on approval before purchase.
Q8771 Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt with Burgundy Velvet Border
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Q8771 Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt with Burgundy Velvet Border
c.1885
63 x 64 (160 x 162.6 cm)
PA
$1,800

A lovely example of the Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt whose design is reminiscent of a stained glass window. Each block, or window pane, measures approximately 9 ¼” x 9 ¼” and is filled with solid and patterned silks and silk velvets in clear, bright colors. Finely executed embellishment stitching in various hues of silk floss cover every seam in every possible variation of stitch design. Interior embellishment designs include rings, floral patterns, chains, fruits, and the initial “L” - we presume for the maker.

This lovely quilt is designed in a 6 x 6 array of window panes which gives a nice sense of order within the crazy cutting of the silks. Framing the interior design is a lush, burgundy silk velvet border 3 ½” wide. The backing is a stunning quilted burgundy silk which is pillowcase edged by hand to the front design for an elegant finish. A beautiful, silk velvet creation that would be gorgeous as artwork on a wall or as an accent piece in any room. Remember, our quilts are always sent on approval.
Q8759 Victorian Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
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Q8759 Victorian Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
c.1885
74 x 74 (188 x 188 cm)
Chester County, PA
$2,050

A gorgeous silk velvet crazy quilt in excellent condition! Both soft and warm, with an amazingly sophisticated feel, this Victorian quilt has a wonderful mix of jewel toned silk velvets which are completely hand embellished in a variation of the double coral stitch using silk floss, and top tied with multi colored silk and cotton flosses. Four main blocks filled with pieces ranging from a tiny ½ x 1 to 13 x 3 inches fill the center of the quilt. Surrounding this is a crazy pieced border approximately 7 inches wide.

The backing is a cozy flannel windowpane plaid in brown, green, blue and yellow. The applied 3/8” binding is a soft blue with red stripes cotton flannel. This beautiful and very elegant piece of textile art would add a touch of warmth and vitality to any room in your home. Remember, our quilts are always sent on approval.
Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
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Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
c.1890
66 x 76 (167.6 x 193 cm)
Gouverneur, NY
$1,950

A fabulous wool folk art crazy quilt with a myriad of interesting and unique symbols and embellishments straight out of this quilter's imagination. Various solid and patterned worsted wools, challis and wool suiting fabrics combine in a muted palette of olives, browns, wine, black and ecru to form the subtle background. The artist used this as a canvas onto which she embroidered both whimsical and traditional designs using solid and variegated wool yarns in bright, warm hues. Appliques of crocheted wool and bright wool challis in amorphous shapes and geometrics add even more charm.

Central to the quilt's design is a block of uniform bricks around which the other fantastical shapes and elements flow. The backing of this quilt is a tan and ecru plaid and is the foundation onto which each piece is stitched. The 3/8" binding is an applied olive green wool challis.

Wonderful warmth and movement make this quilt a great choice to use as the focal point in any room. Folk art sophistication and whimsy at its best, this is a wonderful and unique quilt that can be sent to you on approval.
Q8740 Mummers Crazy Quilt
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Q8740 Mummers Crazy Quilt
c.1890
91 x 92 (231.1 x 233.7 cm)
Philadelphia, PA
$4,200

Some of the earliest mummers date back to early Egypt, pagan Rome and Greece, England, Germany, and France. Historically, Mummery has influenced customs and perpetuated many interesting traditions. The use of masks and different costumes were carried over from the Greek celebrations of King Momus, the Italian-feast of saturnalia, and the British Mummery Play. All of these cultures passed along their traditions from generation to generation, and eventually these traditions were brought to America by immigrants. The tradition of Philadelphia Mummery started in the late 17th century as a continuation of the Old World customs of ushering in the New Year. Mummery in America is as unique to Philadelphia as Mardi Gras is to New Orleans.

The symbols of the Philadelphia Mummers include musical instruments, moons, hearts, diamonds, stars, weaponry, as well as silhouetted faces. Many of these symbols have been incorporated into this circa 1890 folk art Mummer's quilt. Beautifully pieced wool and wool challis fabrics in solids, plaids and floral prints comprise this large, very decorative piece of Philadelphia history. The symbols themselves are cut from solid felted wool and the fine wool embroidery used throughout is both precise and exuberant in color and style.

A 4 ½" double border in two shades of tan wool challis frames the inner design and has intricate embellishment along the entire border seam on four sides. The backing is a brown, red and yellow small scale plaid cotton with a 5/8" applied brown wool challis binding. In excellent condition this quilt is a rare find. Our quilts are always sent on approval.
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Betsey's Collection Victorian Crazy Quilt Pillow Sham
c.1885
27 x 27 (measurements include a 4 ¼ inch ruffle)
Massachusetts
$950

In perfect and original condition, this pillow sham was made by Ada Cozzins, and contains a fantastic collection of silks and silk ribbons. Every seam has been skillfully embellished with a variety of soft colors in Pearl cotton, using feather, fly, double herringbone, buttonhole, and outline stitches. The center block has been further embellished with a nosegay of rose flowers with yellow-green stems and leaves. The backing and ruffle were made from a high thread count orange polished cotton. Please note that for photographic purposes only, this sham was fastened to a white background sheet using long pins, which are visible in the photograph along the top ruffle.

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