Betsey Telford-Goodwin's Rocky Mountain Quilts 130 York Street York Village, Maine 03909 207-363-6800

About Unusual Finds

Betsey's love of antique textiles overflows the limits of our categories! This is where you will find unique pieces that are special enough to offer to you. As with all of our other pieces, these antique textiles are guaranteed for authenticity, condition and age.

Unusual Antique Textiles

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Q8998 1893 Chicago Exposition / World's Fair Quilt
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Q8998 1893 Chicago Exposition / World's Fair Quilt, with Provenance
79 x 80 (200.7 x 203.2 cm))
Found in PA

An amazing find, this quilt's focus is the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, also known as The World's Columbian Exposition, which was designed to commemorate the landing of Columbus in America. Executed using lengths of printed fabric made specifically for the Exposition for use as bunting, handkerchiefs, and other memorabilia.

The front of the quilt is wholecloth; three vertical lengths of printed fabric hand pieced together to create the quilt's top. The 5 ¼ inch burgundy striped border is also hand pieced and folds to the back forming a 1/2 inch hand stitched binding. The quilt has a puffy batting that is smooth and without any shifting, lumps or bumps. The quilt is top tied using, of all things, thin hemp-like ties that add to the uniqueness and overall design of the quilt. The backing is a great black and red cotton calico-see detail images. Stitched to the back of the quilt is a hand written note on cotton stating the maker's and recipient's names along with the date of the gift: December 25, 1893.

There is an interesting side note regarding the history of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair itself. The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larsen, is a nonfiction novel published in 2003 that spans the years surrounding the building of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. One plot line centers on Daniel Burnham, the architect who built the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The other plot line focuses on character H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who exploited the fair to find his victims. Dr. Holmes built a hotel for exposition guests which he named The World's Fair Hotel, and then preyed on his hotel guests, mostly young women. He was convicted of 27 murders, but they expect he had up to 200 victims most of whom were disposed of in the kiln in the basement of the hotel. Good grief.

As mentioned, an interesting side note to the 1893 Exposition and its history! Our lovely quilt remains unmarred by any connection to the more gruesome aspects of a marvelous and historical exposition. We can assume our talented quilt maker, whose name will go to the buyer upon sale, chose other accommodations during her visit to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

This unique quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey, is in excellent condition, and can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing. Please ask Betsey for more details.

Q9031 Coca Cola Quilt
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Q9031 Coca Cola Quilt
1940's to 1960's?
84 x 84 (213.40 x 213.40 cm)
$2,900 with two matching pillow shams

What fun! Betsey found this quilt and couldn't resist. The overall design is both printed and hand pieced, and the Coca Cola bottles and logos are hand outline quilted with echo outline stitching around the central circular bottle cap design radiating outward. The borders are outline quilted with a gentle double line wave quilted in the outer yellow border.

Betsey does not know the date this fun piece was made and is guessing somewhere from the 1940's to the 1960's. We were unable to find anything similar to this quilt in our research on Coca Cola memorabilia and textiles. The backing is off white and the edging is pillowcased. The red, green, black and yellow hues are vibrant and the quilt is in perfect condition. The quilt is cuddly soft with a medium weight bat between.

A wonderful Coca Cola quilt that is a great size for your large bed. It has two matching pillow shams. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it can be sent to you on approval.

Betsey's Collection: Folk Art Wool Embroidery & Beadwork
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Betsey's Collection: Folk Art Wool Embroidery & Beadwork
12 x 23 (30.5 cm x 58.4 cm)

This is a wonderful and original folk art creation. Hand embroidery, beadwork, 3 dimensional and silk velvet appliques on black wool depict a Native American with bow and arrow next to a fallen deer. Whimsical enlarged flowers with beaded stamens and centers look more like trees in scale! A large yellow butterfly has intricate beadwork and hovers over 3-D flowers with glass jewel centers. The completely embroidered Native American hunter has glass beads for eyes and a graduated beaded necklace. His moccasins are felted wool and contain delicate hand embroidery work.

The backing is green cotton flannel with narrow yellow and white stripes and the piece has a nice pillowcase edging for a clean look. An original piece in excellent condition, we found one hard to find tiny moth bite in the black wool near the edge seam. See detail images of this spectacular piece of original folk art.

UF6 Tobacco Silks Folk Art, mounted
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UF6 Tobacco Silks Folk Art, mounted
22 x 22, mounted (55.9 x 55.9 cm)

A unique Folk Art piece comprised of silk tobacco premiums appliqued onto black silk with silk embellishment stitching. American tobacco companies produced a wealth of tobacco premiums that were included free with tobacco products. The advertising scheme encouraged collecting and creating household decorative items out of the premiums and was specifically targeted not to the users of the tobacco but to their wives, daughters, mothers, etc. They became extremely popular for collecting from 1910 to 1916.

This particular piece consists of a center silk Scottish Flag measuring 5½ x 6¾ surrounded by additional Country Flags, and Native American silks either 1¾ x 2¾ or 2⅜ x 4 in size. Mounted on a wooden frame wrapped in a wool plaid. A wonderful folk art piece ready for hanging.

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