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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.

American Antique Silk Quilts

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AMC3 Victorian Crazy Quilt
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AMC3 Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
56 x 66 inches
New England
$3,800

Silks and silk velvets were the fabrics of well to do families prior to the 1890’s. This Victorian crazy quilt, having been made in the 1880’s is comprised of wonderfully made silks and silk velvets. The mark of excellence for a v c q is 100 different stitches This quilt not only reaches this, but surpasses the level of embellishment. These quilts were created using the block formation. Created with apx 10 1/2” blocks, the edge of each block being embellished with various stitches. My feeling is that this quilt was made near the ocean as it was embellished with anchors and fish. Other Victorian symbols used include Japanese fans, as a symbol of the origin of these quilts, owls for their wisdom and of course beautifully painted oil and adorned flowers. The silk velvet border appears to have been used prior to the edging of this quilt. Because of its size, this is a wonderful quilt to hang in the home.



Q9004 Miniature Blocks: Silk and Silk Velvet Log Cabin Barn Raising Quilt
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Q9004 Miniature Blocks: Silk and Silk Velvet Log Cabin Barn Raising Quilt
c.1870
60 x 65 inches
Maine/New Hampshire
$4,900

This silk velvet log cabin has a specific way to hang because the top of the quilt is without a border. I’m assuming they wanted that to be at the head of the bed. In mint condition, this exquisite quilt has a 4” golden silk velvet border that has been turned back to make a pillowcase edge.

The piecing was done with 1/2" logs and a 1" center chimney. Completely pieced by hand, these diminutive pieces create an exquisite outcome. Created over 150 years ago, it is ironic that these are all today’s colors. The backing is 19th century dress lining. This extraordinary textile will make a perfect focal point for your living room or great room. Silk fabrics will pulsate when properly lit, almost taking on another dimension.



Q9041 Silk Tumbling Blocks
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Q9041 Silk Tumbling Blocks
c.1840
68 x 79 inches
Massachusetts
$5,800

This dramatic silk tumbling block quilt is an artistic masterpiece. Picture this quilt hanging in a great room or stairwell. In order for the blocks to be upright, it needs to be hung vertically. If horizontal, the quilt becomes a sea of stars. The sides of the triangles are 1-3/4 inches. An optical illusion, it appears to be stacks of blocks pulsating when put in the proper light. It is comprised of silks dating from 1800 to c.1840 and created in Harvard, MA. The name of the well renowned family will be given at the sale.The name of the well renowned family will be given at the sale.



Q9070 Silk Velvet Blazing Star
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Q9070 Silk Velvet Blazing Star
c.1885
15 x 31 inches
New Englaand
$1,200

This wall hanging was created in New England as an ornamental piece for the home and comes complete with the original diminutive hanging hardware. A radiating center star is very difficult to piece. We know a few things about the woman who made this piece. She was affluent, very talented and had a tremendous amount of patience. All hand pieced and hand embellished, this exquisite little quilt can be hung (in either direction) or be placed on a tabletop. All original and in perfect condition.



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
$4,600

What a truly spectacular example of Victorian Crazy Quilt! This quilt 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 colored silk, while another piece is executed with 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, giving the whole quilt a unique visual balance. The beautiful russet silk velvet border has been pillowcase edged. To a lovely, sophisticated russet and green paisley floral cotton backing. The entire quilt was then 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 becoming the focal point of any room. You may see this quilt on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.



F600 Victorian Crazy Quilt Fragment
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F600 Victorian Crazy Quilt Fragment
Dated 1886
24 x 24 inches
Massachusetts
$950

Quilt fragments f600, f601, and f602 are all from the same Victorian Crazy Quilt created in Massachusetts. The center of the quilt was destroyed. The 3 fragments are the parts of the quilt I was able to save. This fragment has beautiful oil paintings, silk embellishment, gold metallic thread, ribbon work and a printed ribbon saying "Oh here it comes" showing 3 women at the beach. It has an original oil painting of two people sitting on a split rail fence kissing. A happy little piece. It is bound with same date black silk, and has original red backing.



F601 Victorian Crazy Quilt Fragment
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F601 Victorian Crazy Quilt Fragment
Dated 1886
29 x 29 inches
Massachusetts
$950

Quilt fragments f600, f601, and f602 are all from the same Victorian Crazy Quilt created in Massachusetts. The center of the quilt was destroyed. The 3 fragments are the parts of the quilt I was able to save. This fragment has some amazing ribbon work. The date is stitched on this fragment. This part of the quilt is more ribbon work and embroidery than the others. In a 9 block formation, it can be hung in any direction.



F602 Victorian Crazy Quilt Fragment
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F602 Victorian Crazy Quilt Fragment
Dated 1886
24 x 35 inches
Massachusetts
$1,400

Quilt fragments f600, f601, and f602 are all from the same Victorian Crazy Quilt created in Massachusetts. The center of the quilt was destroyed. The 3 fragments are the parts of the quilt I was able to save. This fragment has fabulous oil paintings, intricate ribbon work, amazing embellishment, some with gold metallic thread. It has a photo of a woman in a Victorian hat. There is one silk velvet ribbon with original bead work. This is a 6 block formation that can be hung in any direction. It is truly an amazing piece of Victorian art.



CONAMC1 Center Medallion Victorian Crazy Quilt
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CONAMC1 Center Medallion Victorian Crazy Quilt
c. 1885
50 x 60 inches
possibly from the mid-west
$Call for price

Rare and unusual Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Quilt. Tumbling block center medallion with outlined stars, and the center of the stars embellished with gold metallic thread. Three dimensional chenille and silk flower and woven embellishment. This size makes finding a spot in your home easier. It has sleeves sewn on and it's ready to go.



CONAMC4 Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt w/ Photo
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CONAMC4 Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt w/ Photo
c.1885
46 x 65 inches
Origin unknown
$4,900

A question people often ask is when did a women make a specific quilt. The answer is simple with this one. She is seen here in a photo holding the quilt. The quilt is initialed and dated 1885. It has silk and chenille embroidered flowers, oil paintings and many other fabulous embroidery stitches.This rare quilt is comprised of silks and silk velvets. All pieces are beautifully outline embellished with silk and cotton twist threads. Adding to the beauty are original oil paintings and silk embroidered flowers. There is a 3-1/2 inch silk velvet border in a deep burgundy which outlines the entire quilt. However the most amazing part is the actual photo of the creator of this masterpiece holding the quilt on her lap....a truly rare occurrence and a treasure.



Q9036 Silk Cigar Band Quilt

Q9036 Silk Cigar Band Quilt
c.1885
87 x 97 (221 x 246.4 cm)
MA
SOLD

Cigars were the most popular tobacco product used in the 19th Century, with most households having at least one cigar smoker. A cigar box would contain several bundles of six to eight cigars, each bundle wrapped in a silk ribbon sporting a printed brand name or number. These ribbons served not only the practical purpose of packaging the cigars but also as a way to attract buyers to a specific brand. Women were encouraged through literature distributed by the tobacco companies to use them to make things for the home such as pillows, table covers, purses and even curtains for windows and doors.

This lovely example of a cigar silks quilt highlights its sheer elegance by the use of only certain silks and by the artistry and skill that were used to create it. The fact that it is so large and obviously created for use on a bed is extraordinary as they were mostly made for smaller decorative purposes. The quilt is surrounded on three sides by a 7 inch wide gold cotton ruffle. Reverse tied with an ecru backing pillowcase edged to the top. A gorgeous piece of work beautifully designed by its maker. This quilt can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing.



Q8102 Miniature Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt
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Q8102 Miniature Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
24 x 24 inches
Massachusetts
$950

All silk and silk velvet, this exquisite work includes ribbon work, embroidery, silk chenille and hand paintings. The 2.5" attached hand crocheted lace border can be removed if you choose to do so. This is a complete original miniature quilt, not a fragment.



CONSH3 Silk Miniature Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
CONSH3 Silk Miniature Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
c.1885
64 x 69 (162.6 x 175.3 cm)
MA
SOLD

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 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
$2,600

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.

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.

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
$1,500

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.

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
$1,900

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 ¼ 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.

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
1885

$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.

Rocky Mountain Quilts Shop Hours

Our York, Maine antique quilt shop hours

Summer (May 1 to Oct 31)
Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5

Winter (Nov 1 to Apr 30)
Monday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday by chance or appointment

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Telephone - for orders or questions -
1-207-363-6800
Email - betsey@rockymountainquilts.com
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York, Maine 03909

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