American Antique Log Cabin Quilts
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About American Antique Log Cabin Quilts
Log Cabin antique quilts are one of the most popular patterns in America. Their many variations are created by altering the arrangement of the light and dark fabrics. Log Cabin antique quilts can be cotton, satin, silk, wool, or any combination of these fabrics. We have Log Cabin antique quilts to embellish your wall or display on beds from doll to king size.
 
Q8506 Wool Challis Windmill Log Cabin Quilt
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Q8506 Wool Challis Windmill Log Cabin Quilt
c.1875
72 x 86 (182.9 x 218.4 cm)
PA
$3,900

A wonderful piece of textile art in excellent condition, this antique Log Cabin quilt in the Windmill pattern has powerful graphics accentuated by its two color palette. Made from solid burgundy and tan wool and wool challis with a 4½ inch burgundy wool challis border framing the whole. Log Cabin quilts are traditionally both pleasingly graphic and sophisticated in design. The limited color palette used here, as well as the choice and scale of pattern, make for an even stronger statement.

Blocks measuring 16 x 16 inches contain 3/4 to 1 inch wide logs. Burgundy chimneys measure 2 x 2 inches and are set on point within burgundy corners. One 'mistake' can be seen in the top right log cabin block with the use of tan instead of burgundy for the corners. A nod to superstition? or simply the maker's mark. The border folds to the back and is hand stitched down forming the 3/8 inch binding. The backing is a solid burgundy cotton - see detail images. Hand quilting in the border in diagonal parallel line stitching set one inch apart, with outline stitching used in the log cabins.

A wonderful c.1875 Log Cabin quilt in excellent condition that would be beautiful hung as art on the wall or stunning used on a bed. There were a few moth holes that we have hand woven (just as the quilt's maker would have done) using fabric threads pulled from the quilt's seam allowances . Ask us about seeing this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.
Q8890 Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
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Q8890 Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
c.1855
60 x 71 (152.4 x 180.3 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
Was $2,900 Now $2,500

A stunning pre Civil War quilt in mint condition from the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania. This wonderful piece showcases the maker's unique artistic perspective and advanced skill. She took a traditional foundation pieced Log Cabin Courthouse Steps pattern and, using stunning early wool challis fabrics, made it her own. A personal achievement using a fabulous color palette accented with a gorgeous 5 inch wide c.1850 paisley border in wool challis, the addition of red silk ribbon ties at each block's four corners, and an applied brown silk grosgrain ribbon for the binding.

A feast of rich colors and patterns is found in the elegant array of deep earth tones set against lavender, blue, green, and red found in each 5 x 5 inch log cabin block containing 20 logs plus a center chimney. Logs measure 5/16" to 3/8" wide and at each cabin's center is a 1" square wool challis solid red chimney. The backing is a red, brown and cream large scale cotton paisley. See detail images.

This antique quilt with incredible visual impact absolutely refuses to sit quietly in the corner. Its size makes it ideal for stunning graphic art on a wall. Please ask to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

CON HT33 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow
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CON HT33 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow
c.1870
78 x 78 (198.1 x 198.1 cm)
Litchfield, CT
SOLD

A wonderful piece of textile art in perfect condition, this antique cotton quilt in the Sunshine & Shadow pattern is on consignment from a collector as is its companion quilt shown below (CON HT34). Pieced by hand from a wide variety of florals, stripes, plaids and calicos this quilt satisfies any antique fabric lover's desire for color and pattern. Log Cabin quilts are traditionally both pleasingly graphic and sophisticated in design. This quilter took this classic Log Cabin pattern and raised it to another level with the addition of solid Turkey red 5/8" square chimneys in every block paired with a solid blue square of the same size and a solid Turkey red log. The repetition and careful placement of color brings a sense of order to this quilt containing so much pattern and movement.

Diminutive log cabin blocks measure 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches and contain 1/2 to 5/8 inch wide logs. A scant 1/4 inch wide applied binding is in the same calico as used for the backing - a lovely olive/taupe floral pattern with tiny mustard and red dots. See detail images. Hand quilted with 2 1/2 inch cross hatching throughout.

This is a striking and beautifully executed Log Cabin antique quilt in crisp, clean excellent condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. Ask us about seeing this quilt and/or its companion quilt below on approval in the privacy of your home.
CON HT34 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow
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CON HT34 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow
c.1870
78 x 78 (198.1 x 198.1 cm)
Litchfield, CT
SOLD

A wonderful piece of textile art in perfect unused condition, this antique cotton quilt in the Sunshine & Shadow pattern is on consignment from a collector as is its companion quilt shown above (CON HT33). Pieced by hand from a wide variety of florals, stripes, plaids and calicos this quilt satisfies any antique fabric lover's desire for color and pattern. Made by the same hand as the quilt above, the maker chose an over dyed green calico cotton for her cabin blocks which distinguishes it from its companion. They would be stunning together in a bedroom. Log Cabin quilts are traditionally both pleasingly graphic and sophisticated in design. This quilter took this classic Log Cabin pattern and raised it to another level with the addition of solid Turkey red 5/8" square chimneys in every block paired with a solid blue square of the same size and a solid Turkey red log. The repetition and careful placement of color brings a sense of order to this quilt containing so much pattern and movement.

Diminutive log cabin blocks measure 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches and contain 1/2 to 5/8 inch wide logs. A scant 1/4 inch wide applied binding is in the same calico as used for the backing - madder, brown and white floral motifs on a stippled tan ground. See detail image. Hand quilted with 2 1/2 inch cross hatching throughout.

This is a striking and beautifully executed Log Cabin antique quilt in unused, perfect condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, she gave it its first ever bath. Ask us about seeing this quilt and/or its companion quilt above on approval in the privacy of your home.
Q8892 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow Bassinet Quilt
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Q8892 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow Bassinet Quilt
c.1860
40 x 40 (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Ephrata, PA
Was $1,800 Now $1,550

This wonderful pre Civil War bassinet quilt is in mint condition. The Sunshine & Shadow Log Cabin pattern is beautifully rendered in madder dye, over dyed green, chrome yellow and double pink calico cottons. Logs are one inch wide with cabin blocks measuring approximately 11 inches square. The 3 1/2" outer border in an over dyed green calico has corner blocks in a great madder dyed plaid. The fabrics on the front are from 1850 to 1860.

Hand quilting on this little gem includes outline stitching in all logs with Herringbone in the green borders and a large cross hatch stitched in each corner block. The backing is a c.1840 beige and white chain pattern with a miniature floral overlay in brown, taupe, black and red - lovely. Please see detail image.

What a beautiful work of art in mint condition and the perfect size for hanging on your wall or a spectacular and special quilt for your baby's crib. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing in your home.
CON SP1 African American Log Cabin Quilt with Provenance
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CON SP1 African American Log Cabin Quilt with Provenance
c.1950
79 x 84 (200.7 x 213.4 cm)
Camden, NC
$3,200

There are traits that distinguish African American quilting in the first half of the 20th century from any other North American quilting style. The use of vertical piecing, enlarged, very graphic piecing, and asymmetry hark back to African cultures and textile style. This wonderful Log Cabin is comprised of a variety of both large and medium scale patterns in a great many colors in cotton, seersucker, velvet and rayon.

The cotton backing is comprised of multiple fabrics pieced together both by hand and machine; two shades of blue with white stripes, a blue and white large scale floral, and a wonderful cotton in lime green and pink depicting a tropical scene at the beach. The backing is turned to the front and is hand stitched down with white string to form the binding. Hand quilted with loosely parallel lines using thin white string.

Purchased out of the maker's home this quilt is on consignment, with provenance to go to the buyer upon sale. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in your home.
Q8753 Log Cabin Barn Raising
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Q8753 Log Cabin Barn Raising
c.1885
78 x 78 (198.1 x 198.1 cm)
ME
$2,500

A wonderful piece of textile art in excellent condition, this antique cotton quilt in the Barn Raising pattern has lovely corner details. Made from a wide variety of florals, stripes, plaids and calicos this quilt satisfies any antique fabric lover's desire for color and pattern. Log Cabin quilts are traditionally both pleasingly graphic and sophisticated in design. This quilter took the classic Barn Raising pattern and raised it to another level with the addition of the four corner diamonds formed by the creator's placement of the light and dark fabrics.

Blocks measuring 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches contain 3/4 to 1 inch wide logs. Turkey red chimneys measure 1 5/8 inches square. The blocks were each foundation pieced by hand onto ecru cotton squares. Blocks were then assembled; foundation fabric edges were carefully turned under and the blocks meticulously stitched together by hand. This method of foundation piecing is uniquely New England. The result is the foundation fabric also serves as the backing of the quilt with no filler between. A 3/8 inch applied Turkey red binding frames the inner log cabin design simply and beautifully.

This is a unique and beautiful Log Cabin antique quilt that would be beautiful hung as art on the wall or would make a stunning summer weight bed quilt. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. Ask us about seeing this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.
Log Cabin Barn Raising with Triple Border
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Q8763 Log Cabin Barn Raising with Triple Border
c.1870
88 x 88
Chester County, PA
$5,900

A stunning 19th century quilt in unused condition from the Chester County area of Pennsylvania showcases this quilter’s unique artistic perspective and advanced skill. She took a traditional foundation pieced Log Cabin Barn Raising pattern and, using stunning c.1870 and earlier wool challis fabrics, made it her own. An exceptional personal achievement using a striking color palette accented with an unusual triple border and scalloped edging.

A veritable feast of colors and patterns is displayed in the wide array of blues, fuschia, green, red, browns and blacks in solids, plaids, and prints. Each log cabin measures approximately 9 1/4" x 9 1/2" with logs measuring 1/2" to 3/4" wide. At each cabin’s center is a 1 1/4" square solid fuschia chimney. The unusual triple border treatment further sets this Log Cabin apart from its more traditional sisters. An inner 2" border of deep purple frames the barn raising design. It is flanked by a solid green 1 ¾” border and a scalloped red border 2 1/2" at its widest points. The outer scalloped edge is finished with a ¼” black wool tape binding applied by hand. The backing is a beautiful wool challis plaid c.1870 indicating this quilt's maker was from an affluent family. Such an expensive fabric would only be used as a backing by a family of some means.

This amazing antique quilt has incredible visual impact. Its large size makes it ideal for a contemporary sized bed or it would be stunning hung as graphic art on the wall. Please ask to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.
Q8787 Wool Challis & Silk Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
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Q8787 Wool Challis & Silk Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
c.1860
66 x 76 (167.6 x 193 cm)
Philadelphia, PA
SOLD

A wonderful piece of textile art in excellent condition, this pre Civil War Log Cabin quilt arranged in the classic Courthouse Steps pattern is a feast for the eyes. Made from a wide variety of wool challis and silk fabrics from c.1840 - 1860, this hand made quilt’s color palette is gorgeous. Its mix of solids, plaids, stripes and geometrics gives it a contemporary feel while color and pattern arrangement showcases the artistic talent of its maker.

Blocks measuring 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches each contain twenty 5/8 inch wide logs. Alternating red and blue chimneys add a whimsical touch and bring a sense of movement to the overall design. The blocks were each foundation pieced by hand onto a beautiful c.1840 brown and madder striped cotton. Please see detail image. Blocks were then assembled; foundation fabric edges were carefully turned under and the blocks meticulously stitched together. This method of foundation piecing is uniquely New England. The result is the foundation fabric also serves as the backing of the quilt with no filler between. This quilter either moved from New England to Pennsylvania bringing her quilt with her, or created it after the move using the skills she learned growing up in New England. A 3/8 inch applied solid brown wool binding frames the inner log cabin design simply and beautifully.

This is an elegant Log Cabin quilt rich with color and pattern that would be beautiful hung as art on the wall or used as a design accent in any room. Ask us about seeing this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.
Q8712 Log Cabin Streak of Lightning with 3 Sided Triangles Border
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Q8712 Log Cabin Streak of Lightning with 3 Sided Triangles Border
c.1890
75 x 77 (190.5 x 195.6 cm)
Pennsylvania
$1,800

What a find for antique fabric lovers! An incredible array of cotton fabrics from c.1870 - 1890 make this antique quilt extra special. This hand pieced quilt contains the structure and order you expect to see in a Log Cabin pattern coupled with positive energy from the exuberant Streak of Lightning formation of the Log Cabin blocks. The lightning pattern is surrounded on three sides by a wonderful 2 inch wide triangles border.

Turkey red chimneys 1 ½ inches square form the bright center of each approximately 5 ½ inch square cabin block. Logs are 5/8 to 3/4 inches wide with 12 logs making up each cabin. This summer weight quilt has no middle batting. Red wool top ties connect the quilt top to the olive brown backing fabric containing sage green and white floral sprays. See detail images. A 3/8 inch hand applied binding uses a variety of the fabrics seen in the top of the quilt forming a lovely finish to this unique Log Cabin.

A beautiful example of the Log Cabin Streak of Lightning pattern in excellent condition. This quilt is ready for use on your bed or would be equally as stunning as art for your wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to be shipped to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.
Q8859 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
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Q8859 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1885
58 x 64 (147.3 x 162.6 cm)
New England, believed MA
$1,500

The Log Cabin Straight Furrows pattern originated in England and was created to emulate rows of crops in the field. In America we have used and developed this pattern to the extent that most think it originated here. In this piece the feeling of structure and order common to most log cabins is found along with a delightful freshness and vitality with the use of red and blue chimneys.

Cabin blocks measure 8 x 8 inches with the logs ranging from 3/8 to 5/8 inches wide in a variety of wool challis and cotton fabrics in geometrics, florals, solids, calicoes, and some wonderful conversation and mourning prints. Center chimneys measure approximately 2 1/2 inches square in both solid blue and solid red challis and cottons.

This diminutive quilt is backed with a lovely burgundy and white floral sprigs print (see detail image) and has a 3/8 inch applied black wool challis binding. Reverse tied using black cotton floss. The perfect size for a wall hanging, we show it with the furrows leading up and to the left – very good energy! Please ask us about viewing this antique quilt in the privacy of your home on approval.
Q8853 Mennonite Log Cabin Streak of Lightning
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Q8853 Mennonite Log Cabin Streak of Lightning
c.1880
77 x 88 (195.6 x 223.5 cm)
PA or OH
$1,600

What a fabulous Mennonite quilt with absolutely stunning graphics! This cotton Log Cabin in the Streak of Lightning pattern shows a wonderful use of color and movement. The quilt maker chose a specific color palette and took great care with color placement so the graphics would grab and hold the viewer’s eye. All of the 1 3/4 inch center chimneys are a beautiful chrome yellow calico. The logs immediately surrounding the chimneys are done in consistent pairs of sweet calicoes: a dark blue, light blue with white calico and a red, pink with white calico.

Each block is approximately 7 1/4 inches square with all logs approximately 7/8 inch wide. The quilt is foundation pieced by hand and each log is outline quilted by hand on two sides. The cotton backing is strip pieced in lovely cotton prints. Please see the detail image. The applied 3/8” binding is a red, pink and white calico.

This wonderful and carefully designed quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and is in crisp, apparently unused condition. Remember, we are happy to send this quilt to you on approval for private viewing in your home.
Q8850 Mennonite Pineapple Log Cabin Crib Quilt with Bars Border
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Q8850 Mennonite Pineapple Log Cabin Crib Quilt with Bars Border
c.1870
34 x 34 (86.4 x 86.4 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
Was $2,150 Now $1,900

This is a fabulous Mennonite wool challis quilt that some lucky child had in their small bed so long ago. Nine log cabin blocks set in the pineapple configuration make for stunning graphics – add the diagonal bar border and you have a magnificent diminutive work of art. Wool challis log cabin blocks measure approximately 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches with red wool center chimneys 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. Executed mostly in solid wool challis in browns, taupes, blues, grays and reds there are some interesting stripes, plaids and polka dots that add visual texture and interest to this fascinating piece. Diagonal bars use the same fabrics found in the log cabins and create a 4 1/4 inch wide border.

In completely original condition there are some moth holes that we haven’t touched, preferring to leave this gem in its excellent, original condition. The backing is of typical Mennonite construction. Wide strips of various early cotton fabrics are sewn together for a beautiful effect on the back side of this quilt. Please see detail images for a view of the back. Straight line quilting stitches in brown thread hold the top and the backing together and are mostly hidden. A 3/8 inch hand applied solid taupe wool challis is used for the binding.

This is a wonderful early Mennonite crib quilt executed with lovely wool challis fabrics in a fabulous pineapple log cabin design with diagonal bars. A treasure for any antique quilt collector or for lovers of graphic textile art. Please call if you’d like to see this small beauty in your home on approval.
Q8505 Wool Challis Log Cabin Straight Furrows
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Q8505 Wool Challis Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1890
78 x 80 (198.1 x 203.2 cm)
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
$3,100

What a fabulous quilt! In mint condition, with absolutely stunning graphics, this Straight Furrows quilt has been foundation pieced by hand using wool challis fabrics in the much sought after colors of taupe and grape. The black challis wools in this quilt are most likely from shawls. The 10½ inch border has been formed by diagonally piecing 1 inch wide logs set in to form chevrons. The binding is ½ inch red plaid challis, and the backing is a primarily brown plaid with red and taupe accents. This quilt was reverse tied at the intersection of each block without batting, as was the norm for most foundation pieced wool quilts of this time. A truly beautiful quilt with the ability to transcend all decors, from an antique colonial to a modern glass home!
Q6144 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
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Q6144 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1880
56 x 62 (142.2 x 157.5 cm)
Maine
$1,100

What a feast for fabric lovers! An incredible array of fabrics dating from 1870 - 80 make this antique hand made quilt special. The Log Cabin Straight Furrows pattern originated in England and was created to emulate rows of crops in the field. In America we have used and developed this pattern to the extent that most think it originated here.
In this piece the feeling of structure and order common to most log cabins is found along with a delightful freshness and vitality from the amazing variety of colors and patterns in the fabrics the quilter chose.
Cabin blocks measure 5 x 5 inches with the logs a tiny 5/8 inch wide.

Made from cotton and reversed tied this quilt is backed with a lovely black, gray and white cotton calico and has a ¼ inch applied binding in the same maroon calico as used in the chimneys – lovely!

Q6468 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
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Q6468 Funky Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
c.1850
72 x 80 (182.9 x 203.2 cm)
Found in PA, made in New England
SOLD

A wonderful piece of abstract art in excellent condition, this log cabin quilt arranged in the Courthouse Steps pattern has a personality all its own. Made from wool and silk challis, this hand made antique quilt’s striking colors make it unusual, its surprising bits of plaid, striped and floral fabric just add to its uniqueness. Each 11 x 11 ½ inch block is made up of 1 – 1 ¼ inch width logs with varying hues used for the chimneys – including fuschia! Foundation pieced and hand quilted along each seam.

The ½ inch binding on two sides is an applied burgundy wool challis, and the wholecloth c.1860 cotton backing is a brown, burgundy and ecru small scale squares and dots pattern which folds over to the front on opposite sides to form the other two bindings. There are a few “original” moth holes - ask Betsey for more details on this one.

CON LF 26 Log Cabin Barn Raising
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CON LF 26 Log Cabin Barn Raising
c.1880
85 x 88 (215.9 x 223.5 cm)
Pennsylvania
$1,550

Such a pleasing use of color in this striking cotton Log Cabin quilt in the Barn Raising pattern. The terrific solid cheddar, black, green and muted Turkey red logs are set off beautifully by the various small patterned calico logs each with a white ground. All of the 7 ¼ x 7 ¾ inch blocks are made up of sixteen ¾ inch logs, all with Turkey red chimneys.

Hand quilting, which appears to have been done at a later time, is done throughout in a 2 ½ inch crosshatch pattern using black thread including the 4 ¼ inch wide solid black border. A striking red and black small scale floral on a yellow ground cotton is used for the backing with an applied ½ inch binding in Turkey red.

Very well planned and executed this is a very graphically appealing piece that would work equally well as wall art or on a bed. Professionally hand washed by Betsey – ask her for more information on this quilt.

Q8603 Wool Bricks Quilted in Log Cabin Barn Raising Pattern
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Q8603 Old Order Amish Wool Bricks
c.1895
61 x 75 (154.9 x 190.5 cm)
Big Valley, Mifflin County, PA
Was $1,950 Now $1,700

The dual color quilting in a Log Cabin Barn Raising formation over the Wool Bricks pattern places this wonderful Old Order Amish piece in the out-of-the-ordinary category. Using both red pearl cotton and white quilting threads the lines are parallel to each other and approximately 1 1/2 inches apart with just the red going through to the backing.

The hand pieced and quilted Wool Bricks pattern is made up of wool suiting rectangles measuring approximately 2 ¾ x 4 ½ inches in shades of navy, deep green, browns, blue, grey and tan. The quilting with its 3-D, almost pulsating, effect has created an extremely unusual textile that transcends decors and is at home in either a glass and chrome home or an early American colonial. Red cotton backing is turned from back to front to form the ½ inch binding. In unused condition this quilt is ready to use. It can be shipped to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.

Q6842 Log Cabin—Barn Raising
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Q6842 Log Cabin—Barn Raising
c.1865
74 x 84 (188 x 213.4 cm)
PA
$1,800

This wonderful Log Cabin Quilt is all hand pieced and hand quilted. It is comprised of phenomenal wools and wool challis, including a very early turkey red wool challis. The quilt has a double border and a fabulous olive green dot and floral backing. While the quilt dates to c.1865, the fabrics in it date from 1840-1865. There is minimal quilting on this piece, but usually log cabin quilts are not quilted at all. This is a terrific artistic piece, and will be absolutely wonderful as a hanging piece of artwork. There are a few original moth holes in various places on this piece, but they are very minor.
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