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.
 
Q9003 Silk Bars & Blocks Quilt
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Q9003 Silk Bars & Blocks Quilt
c.1860
52 x 58 (132.1 x 147.3 cm)
Derry, NH
SOLD

A stunning pre Civil War creation comprised entirely of luscious silks both front and back. Jewel tones shine among the darker, rich tones of brown, cream and blue in a wonderful array of solids and patterns. The hand pieced silk bars and blocks are in varying sizes within each column. High quality dress silks, ties and ribbons meld together forming a unique and graphic work of art.

The backing is a gorgeous silk plaid in brown, ecru and taupe – Betsey once owned a wedding dress from this era in the same fabric. The applied 3/8 inch binding is in this same silk and sewn entirely by hand. Hand quilting is hardly visible and is executed along the edges of each column in tiny, precise stitches. The batting is very thin and lightweight.

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. It is all original, and in perfect condition as it was apparently created then hidden away like treasure. It remains as bright and perfect as the day it was completed. Betsey has never seen a silk quilt quite like this one. Please ask her about having this quilt sent to you on approval for private viewing.
Q8976 Mennonite Variable Star in a Garden Maze with Triangle Border
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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.
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.

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
Was $3,200 Now $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)
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 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.

CON JAW1 Silk Pineapple Log Cabin
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CON JAW1 Silk Pineapple Log Cabin
c.1920
63 x 63 (160 x 160 cm)
$2,800

A stunning work of art in a wonderful size executed in c.1920's silks in the Pineapple Log Cabin pattern. A lovely collection of blue and deep lavender silks in many shade levels and patterns provide a beautiful contrast to floral patterned silks in rose, pink, ivory, and olive and leaf greens. Hand pieced logs measure 3/4" wide with lighter blue silk chimneys 1 5/8" square. The piecing is skillfully executed throughout.

The backing is a soft cotton sateen in a large scale floral and lace pattern in rose, ivory and leaf green. The same fabric forms the 1 1/2" pleated edging, sandwiched between and hand stitched to the top and back layers. The effect is both elegant and sophisticated. A thin batting is between the layers which are unobtrusively tacked together.

A truly lovely 20th century silk concoction in excellent condition that would be perfect displayed as art on your wall - ask us about adding sleeves for hanging. A unique beauty. Ready to send to you on approval for viewing 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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