American Antique Silk Quilts
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About American Antique Silk Quilts
Silk in the 19th century was strictly the fabric of the wealthy. Because silks of this era were manufactured for affluent buyers, they were of the highest quality and have retained their original strength, luster, brilliance, and condition today. 95% of the silk antique quilts that I have purchased for sale were made before 1890, and we do have silk antique quilts dating back to the 1840’s. Silk quilts were not made to be used, but to be displayed only as “Sunday best”. In the mid 19th century, two of the most popular silk quilt patterns were the Mosaic and the Log Cabin.

As with any other quilt, condition, color, and graphics combine to make an original piece of art.
After purchasing your antique silk quilt, we will be happy to assist you in proper hanging techniques. Hanging is recommended for silk quilts to take advantage of the stunning play of light reflecting from the surface of silks and silk velvets.
 
CON SH3 Silk Miniature Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
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CON SH3 Silk Miniature Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
c.1885
64 x 69 (162.6 x 175.3 cm)
MA


A breathtaking Log Cabin with miniature blocks executed entirely in silk places this quilt apart from its Log Cabin contemporaries. Silks and silk ribbons of every possible color have been foundation pieced in a miniature Log Cabin Courthouse Steps pattern. Each block is approximately 3 ¾ inches and has been formed from logs measuring a mere ¼ to ½ inch wide. Each tiny hearth square ranges from only ½ to ¾ inch per side, in shades of red and red-brown.

A wide variety of silks in solid, prints, stripes, checks, moire, faille, and ombres have been skillfully placed for maximum graphic impact. The wonder of silk is in the way it reflects light; and with a Courthouse Pattern, this quilt gives the illusion of pulsating color. The huge range of colors insures that whatever the surrounding color in your room, that color will be accentuated in the quilt.

Backed with a luscious wine silk velvet, and turned over from the back to the front to create a ¼ inch binding. Such a large amount of silk velvet yardage would have only been purchased by a family of means, and illustrates the ability of quilts to truly be a study in socioeconomics.

A glorious miniature Log Cabin quilt made entirely of sumptuous silks. Ask Betsey for more information and to see this quilt on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.
CON SH2 Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt with Ice Cream Cone Border
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CON SH2 Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt with Ice Cream Cone Border
c.1885
60 x 68 (152.4 x 172.7 cm)
PA


Oh...the glory of the true Victorian silk Crazy Quilt when executed by the hand of a master needlewoman! This gorgeous quilt in perfect condition is a very fine example of its kind created during the heyday of Silk Victorian Crazy Quilts. Heavily embellished this work contains ribbonwork, appliques, couched work, metallic work, and raised embroidery as well as a wedding date of October 20, 1859. The quilt was made after that date - the maker may have been commemorating her own wedding date of years past.

Thirty 10 x 10 inch Crazy quilt blocks are arranged in a 5 x 6 array surrounded by a fabulous scallop edged border resembling ice cream cones. The border measures 4 inches wide with buttonhole edging on the scallops. Triangles formed by the black silk velvet ice cream cones are in a variety of beautiful silks and are themselves embellished with silk floss stitching. Individual works of art within the quilt include a felted wool Japanese fan applique with silk embellishment stitching, silk velvet leaf appliques, metallic thread couching and embroidered motifs, an embroidered peacock feather, sweet embroidered boy and girl, ribbonwork flowers, and raised turkey work florals, among others. Fabrics include high quality silks from dresses and cravats, silk gros grain ribbons and silk velvets, all in pristine condition. See detail images.

The backing is a stunning wholecloth gold silk quilted fabric, and the edges have been pillowcase edged to the buttonhole stitched ice cream cone border. We have the highly skilled maker’s name which will be provided to the buyer upon sale.

A sumptuous, and glorious work of art in perfect condition. Ask Betsey to see this quilt on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.

CON HN1 Folk Art Crazy Quilt
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CON HN1 Folk Art Crazy Quilt
c.1890
approx. 45 x 65 (114.3 x 165.1 cm)
$2,900

A fabulous piece of folk art in excellent condition! Both soft and vibrant, with an amazingly sophisticated feel, this crazy quilt has a wonderful mix of jewel toned silk velvets in mostly solid hues with a few velvet stripes, tone on tones, and cotton velvets added in. Central to the design is a Log Cabin block approximately 17 x 17 inches. Among the gorgeous mix of jewel toned velvet pieces in various shapes and sizes are 4 pieced fans rather abstract in feel. The smallest shape on this quilt measures just ¾ of an inch x ½ inch with the largest at 14 inches wide. This quilt is entirely hand pieced.

The backing is a wonderful glazed brown cotton with an applied 1 ¼ inch black velvet binding that shows some areas where the velvet has worn slightly. Although there is no batting between, the quilt has a nice weight due to the luxurious silk velvets.

This is a gorgeous folk art piece that is stunning when hung as art on the wall. The collector for whom we are selling this quilt added sleeves top and bottom for hanging in her home. This graphically wonderful Folk Art Crazy quilt can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing .

Q8303  Silk Broken Dishes with Embroidered Border
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Q8303 Silk Broken Dishes with Embroidery Border
c.1885
64 x 64 (162.6 x 162.6 cm)
PA
$3,800

A stunning creation comprised of luscious silks. Jewel tones shine like only high quality silk can and this rainbow of colors is arranged to give maximum effect. Triangles measuring 3 ½ inches on the short sides form the Broken Dishes pattern, with all seams embellished with multi hued silk floss. The 3 ½ inch outer border on this sophisticated silk creation adds a touch of whimsy that sets this quilt apart from other lovely antique silk quilts. Animals and insects, children and toads, flowers and fruits, moons and stars just to name a few, coexist happily on the four sided silk blocks border. Within this border is a 2 inch silk bricks border. These design elements come together to create a unique and visually stunning quilt.

The backing is a lovely silk in a solid saturated melon hue – see detail pictures. The applied 1/4 inch binding is in brown silk and sewn entirely by hand. The batting is very thin and lightweight, reverse tied using silk floss.

This is a very beautiful and visually graphic silk quilt that pleads to be hung on a wall and enjoyed as the artwork it is. Please ask Betsey about having this quilt sent to you on approval for private viewing.
Q8807 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt with Dresden Plate Center Medallion
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Q8807 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt with Dresden Plate Center Medallion
Dated 1886
54 x 72 (1137.2 x 182.9 cm)
MA
$5,600

What a truly spectacular example of Victorian Crazy quilting! It certainly has it all; beautiful silks and silk velvets outlined with a multitude of Victorian Crazy quilt stitches, with a variety of gorgeous embellishments including raised embroidery, crewel and oil paintings. There are numerous flowers, butterflies, owls, fruits, grapes, a girl with a bonnet, sheaves of wheat, the elaborate initial ‘S’ presumably for the maker, and more. A large floral spray is hand painted on wine silk, while another is done in raised embroidery using silk chenille.

The inclusion of the Dresden Plate block in the middle surrounded by four corner fans creates a center medallion focus, and gives the whole quilt a unique visual balance. The beautiful russet silk velvet border has been pillowcase edged to lovely, sophisticated russet and green paisley floral cotton backing and reverse tied.

A stunning piece of Victorian textile art meant to display the maker’s artistic and embroidery accomplishments. A perfect quilt for display as art on your wall it would be the focal point of any room. Ask to see this quilt on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.
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Q8976 Mennonite Variable Star in a Garden Maze with Triangle Border
c.1880
70 x 80 (177.8 x 203.2 cm)
PA
$3,750

A sumptuous Mennonite velvet quilt in a fabulous pattern of Variable Stars in a Garden Maze. Early silk velvets in a rich palette of deep jewel tones combine with rich blacks, browns and grays. Variable stars measure 5½ inches wide. The Garden Maze contains latticework 1¾ inches wide executed in the deepest tones of midnight blue, blacks, deep grays and browns. The multiple hues in the latticework result in its individual pieces forming an additional pattern of Roman Bars.

The addition of a 4¾ inch wide silk velvet triangles border works as a beautiful frame. We have this quilt hung in our gallery and we're forever stopping and staring as we walk by. It is sophisticated art yet begs to be snuggled under.

The backing is strip pieced in multiple soft plaid flannels and is reverse tied - see detail image. The 5/8 inch wide black binding is applied by hand. This is a gorgeous and unique piece of textile art both sophisticated and elegant. Ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing.
Q8972 Silk Velvet Roman Bars Quilt with Triangular Edge
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Q8972 Silk Velvet Roman Bars Quilt with Triangular Edge
c.1895
72 x 72 (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
Lancaster, PA
$2,900

A sumptuous silk velvet Roman Bars quilt in perfect condition. Jewel toned silk velvet bars comprise each approximately 5 ¾ x 5 ¾ inch block set on point. Bars range in width from ½ inch to 1 ¼ inches and consist of mostly solid hues with some dotted, striped and checked silk velvets adding a touch of whimsy. The overall design has a lattice effect which is accentuated by a lovely triangular edging.

The whimsical feel continues to the back side of the quilt with the artist's use of an exuberant large scale floral pattern in bright blue, yellow, rose, black and orange. Reverse ties are in salmon wool yarn. The applied ⅜ binding is solid black silk velvet.

This quite elegant piece of textile art would add a touch of warmth and vitality to any room in your home and is appropriate as either a sophisticated bed covering or graphic art for the wall. This beautiful quilt appears unused. Ask to see it on approval in the privacy of your home.

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)
$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.

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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.

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.
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.
Q6832 Silk Center Medallion Mosaic
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Q6832 Silk Center Medallion Mosaic
c.1855
66 x 80 (167.6 x 203.2 cm)
Pennsylvania
$2,400

Nothing sparkles light like silk, and this beautiful quilt would be a truly stunning piece of art for your wall or bed. In unused condition, a wide variety of silks in blues, fuschia, browns and black stripes, checks, plaids, solids, and solid failles have been hand pieced into a center medallion mosaic configuration. Each hexagon measures 1 ¾ inches across, and has been hand outline quilted. The 3 ¾ inch border is a rich green and black plaid reminiscent of a Scottish Black Watch tartan, and has been quilted with a diagonal basket weave motif. The separately applied black wool challis binding is a ½ inch wide, and the backing is a lovely olive brown and rose leaf print silk. A quilt such as this one was a mark of excellence for a woman of affluence, as only a very prosperous family could afford such fabrics. What an amazing piece of art! Please ask Betsey for more information.

Q8189 Silk Velvet Bars
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Q8189 Silk Velvet Bars
1885
44 x 60 (111.8 x 152.4 cm)
Illinois
$1,900

This is a very sumptuous quilt; created from plush, deep toned mauve, pink, green, blue, gold and black silk velvets. The way light plays across the surface of antique silk velvet is truly amazing, and next to impossible to convey through two dimensional photographs. In unused condition, this quilt has been foundation pieced by hand and reverse tied. The binding is gray silk velvet, and the backing is a lovely 1880’s mauve print. What a beautiful piece of art!

Fragment Victorian Pieced Fan
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Fragment Victorian Pieced Fan
c. 1880
11 x 11 1/4
northeast
$125

This is a great little piece of Victorian decoration! A single fan block created entirely from perfectly coordinated silk and silk velvet, and embellished with pale shades of silk twist. Bound with black same date silk, and backed with a lovely floral cotton print, this quilt fragment is in pristine condition and ready for your home!

Q8368 Silk Geometric Runner
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Q8368 Silk Geometric Runner
c. 1880
12 x 43
Kopak, NY
$950

This fabulous silk table runner seems to have started out as an ambitious miniature log cabin creation with blue and cream double herringbone embellishment, but after only six little blocks, it turns into a more straightforward arrangement of squares with a majority of cream colored double herringbone. It certainly invites speculation on its construction, and adds to the fun of this fun and sophisticated piece. Plus who could resist stroking the ultra soft silk velvet dangles on the ends? This little quilt has been backed with a deep burnished gold silk backing. In completely original condition, this runner does have some minor water damage in a few of the middle squares, but will be inconspicuous when viewed as a table runner. Please ask Betsey for more information.

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