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About American Antique Victorian Crazy Quilts

The heyday of Victorian Crazy quilting was circa 1885. However, these quilts were made from 1880 until the late 1890's. Any Crazy quilt containing a date prior to 1879, would most likely indicate a special date from the family's history.

During the height of the Victorian era, homes could not have enough embellishment. 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 and chenille, and threads of every hue were used to incorporate names, dates, pictures, and a wide assortment of symbols.

Antique Crazy quilts are judged by design, graphics, level of embellishment and overall condition. We have antique quilts truly astonishing in their level of needlework and graphic impact, and as always, guaranteed to be the very highest quality.

American Antique Victorian Crazy Quilts

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Q9053 Victorian Wool Challis Crazy Quilt with over 100 original flora and fauna oil paintings
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Q9053 Victorian Wool Challis Crazy Quilt with over 100 original flora and fauna oil paintings
c. 1890
70 x 82 inches
Cambridge, OH
$3,900

This wool and wool challis crazy quilt is comprised of 42 12”squares. This quilt is one in a million. There are over 100 flora and fauna original oil paintings covering the entire quilt. It’s actually 42 12” square paintings combined to make up one quilt. The embroidery embellishment surrounding the piece is also beautiful. However, the oil paintings superceed the beauty of everything else. Wool challis always was and remains to be a very expensive fabric. It is a combination of wool threads woven with silk threads. It is executed with an artistic and creative vision. The backing is a 19th century pink peony floral on a brown background. Please look at the close-up photos to see some of the amazing paintings.



consh7 Quilt
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CONSH7 Black and Gold Silk Mourning Quilt
c.1885
46 x 61 inches
New England
$4,400

This amazing piece of textile art was created around 1885 and is called a mourning quilt. A mourning quilt was literally made to grieve over the loss of a loved one. It is unknown where this was made, but I feel it was probably from New England or New York. This quilt is comprised of 12 16” blocks. It’s very possible that different people created their own blocks. I am surmising this because of the different styles in stitching demonstrated here and the different stylized design elements. The background fabrics used are various black silks and silk velvets. The silk threads used are a color combination of gold, orange and yellow/beige. Each block is an original design. This quilt was stuffed and backed and bound at a later date. There are very few of these quilts that have survived. After 32 years, I have only been able to find four of these 19th century quilts. An amazing piece of art for any collector or designer. Please call for more information. Ready to be sent for your approval.



conlk6 Signed and Dated Crazy Quilt with Native American Symbols
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CONLK6 Signed and Dated Crazy Quilt with Native American Symbols
Dated February 18, 1894
66 x 82 inches
Found in Maine
$1,600

After looking at and researching dozens of Crazy quilts to the best of my ability, I believe that this Maine quilt has definite Native American influence and symbolism. This original piece of art is comprised of 20 blocks, each measuring apx 16” square. A Victorian crazy quilt that is totally unique. There is Native American symbolism thoughout the quilt. This quilt has embroidered names, auld lang syne, staffs of wheat and ears of corn and planted rows in a field. Wonderful colors with wonderful motion and one of a kind. The front fabrics are wool, wool challis, wool silk and heavy cotton. The backing is all wool. This piece would provide great warmth as a quilt on a bed. As a piece of art,on a wall, this quilt would be artistically wonderful and soothing to the eyes. Ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.



conclk3 Wool Crazy Quilt
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CONCLK3 Wool Crazy Quilt
c.1890
32 x 43 inches
New England
$700

Wool crazy quilts were made to be used, unlike silk crazy quilts that were made a for artistic embellishment. Here we have a woolen Crazy quilt that was made as a lap quilt. This diminutive quilt is comprised of 12 10-1/2" blocks that are wool, wool challis and some cotton flannel. The backing is a cotton flannel making this a very cozy lap quilt. It had previously been hung on a wall so pockets are sewn on and it’s ready to hang. Most of the fabrics are from the 1880s, but since there are also fabrics dating 1890, we need to date it c.1890. Ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.



conclk1 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
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CONCLK1 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
Dated 1904
60 x 78 inches
West Virginia
$4,800

I will classify this original folk art Crazy Quilt as “off the charts”! It’s spectacular! This quilt is truly a piece of art. Comprised of 12 20” square blocks, using fabrics that are mostly 1890’s wool and wool challis. The backing is 1880’s - 90’s flannel thus creating not only a warm, but a very cozy quilt. Much of the embellishment on this quilt is three dimensional. There are a lot of unanswered questions on this piece. I have a feeling it was made by Grandma, whose initials may have been V.B.M. Many of the blocks are initialed. Does this mean that many people made a block or were the blocks made in their honor? There is a similar style so I believe it was made by one person, however that is up for discussion. One block has 5 sets of initials all ending in M. Could this be Gandma's children or grandchildren? This major piece of textile folk art can be hung in either direction. If you want to rotate it, you’ll see a totally different piece of art work. This is such a happy quilt. I think the creator must have adored her family. Ready to be sent for your approval at home.



Q9099 Center Medallion Folk Art Adam and Eve Crazy Quilt
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Q9099 Center Medallion Folk Art Adam and Eve Crazy Quilt
c. 1920
75 x 84 inches
New England
$1,800

This unusual silk crazy quilt has a center panel with an original adaptation of Adam and Eve depicted in the western part of the United States. The center medallion panel measures apx 22” square and is surrounded by eight crazy quilt blocks each also 22" square. The perimeter of the quilt is constructed using the broken dishes pattern which also creates a windmill pattern. The two side borders measure apx 4-1/2” each in width. The bottom border measures apx 10” in width. The whole cloth backing of the quilt is an early 20th century print. Each silk piece is outline quilted with various Victorian stitching embellishments. The edging is pillowcased and then finished with an embroidery stitch created using various colors. The thread used for all embellishments is a silk embroidery twist. A rare and unusual piece of folk art for a special wall. Please ask for more details.





QT820 Foundation Pieced Crazy Quilt Top (can be tied)
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QT820 Foundation Pieced Crazy Quilt Top
c. 1935
76 x 78 inches
New England
$525

Happy, happy, happy :-). This is the best way I can describe this quilt top. As a result of the foundation pieceing, this quilt top doesn’t need to be quilted, only tied. The basic block is a 7” crazy quilt diamond. Then 11 plus diamonds are put together to create a strip 75” long. The next step was 14 of these strips sewn together to created this top. The foundation piecing was done by hand. The blocks and strips were then sewn by machine giving you a sturdy piece to work with. No matter what your depression era color scheme is, those colors are going to be on this quilt top. All of the fabrics on this quilt top are unused. It appears that these were scraps left over from whatever this seamstress was making. The two end rows are solid pieces of fabric instead of being pieced in a crazy quilt manner. This creates two borders for the quilt top. This top can be used in any direction. The photo shows the direction that looks (to my eye) the best when hanging. In unused ...unwashed condition...to be sent for your approval..





Q9037 Wool and Wool Challis Victorian Crazy Quilt with Triple Border
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Q9037 Wool and Wool Challis Victorian Crazy Quilt with Triple Border
c.1895
64 x 74 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,400

Warm and cuddly and beautifully graphic. This is the perfect description for this wool and wool challis crazy quilt. Created in Pennsylvania with wools of very different weaves adds to the interest of this quilt. The addition of a triple border is unusual for a quilt of this time and actually the only one I have ever owned. The main body of the quilt was created using 12 blocks with 15” sides and then adding a 6” triple border on two sides and a smaller border top and bottom. This quilt is bound with a 3/8” wool fabric and top tied with blue wool yarn. The backing is an exquisite 19th century paisley in blues and browns. The deep rich colors create a very sophisticated quilt. In perfect unused condition and ready for you to either use or hang as an art piece. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q8807 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt with Dresden Plate Center Medallion
Q8807 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt with Dresden Plate Center Medallion
Dated 1886
66 x 66
MA
SOLD

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. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9083 Strip Pieced Cotton Crazy Quilt
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Q9083 Strip Pieced Cotton Crazy Quilt
c.1928
64 x 74 inches
Pennsylvania
$800

This Strip Pieced Cotton Crazy Quilt was executed in a formation of fifty six 9-inch blocks, pieced by hand and tied. The quilt was tied to secure the thick cotton batting inside, as this was made for warmth. Very happy daisy floral whole cloth backing in blue, white, red and pink. The quilt is reversible because of the whole cloth backing. Hand stitched 1-1/4 inch turned over binding from back to front. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to use.



CONMG7 Cotton Velvet Crazy Quilt
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CONMG7 Cotton Velvet Crazy Quilt
c.1910 front, later back
54 x 62 inches
New Jersey
$850

The addition of bright and lively colors is not common in the world of Victorian crazy quilts. There are 56 blocks with apx 7 1/2” sides. The fabrics used are cotton velvets, cotton corduroys and a very few pieces of silk velvet dispersed throughout the quilt. The mustard gold backing was added later and turned over as a binding. The top stitching embellishment has been executed with various colors of cotton floss. The stitching is simple but adds a graphic touch to this unused quilt. This piece can either be used or hung on the wall as vibrant art.



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.



Q9005 Foundation Pieced Organized Crazy Quilt
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Q9005 Foundation Pieced Organized Crazy Quilt
c.1915
66 x 66 inches
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
$1,100

Although not an actual crazy quilt, I’m including this mint condition quilt in this category because of its piecing method. Another difference is that it is 100% cotton which is not indicative of crazy quilts. The lack of batting and being light weight creates a summer quilt. It can also be used as an additional cover to your cooler season blankets. The blocks measure 12 x 6 1/2” and are in the form of a diamond. The wonderful array of colors will fit with many decor. The variety of shades of blue will make any lover of that color very happy. A blue woven plaid binding edges the quilt. In addition, this quilt can be hung in either direction depending on whether you want to bring height or width to the room. This is hand pieced, hand quilted and now professional hand washed by Betsey. The family name is available upon sale.



CONSH4 Embroidered Wool Challis and Silk Fans Quilt
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CONSH4 Embroidered Wool Challis and Silk Fans Quilt
c.1885
69 x 79 inches
New England
$4,900

This quilt is comprised of 42 10” blocks, pieced with silks, wool challis and exquisite embroidery. The border is 4” of wool challis all the way around and turned over edge to the back making its binding. Even though this piece isn’t a crazy quilt, I have added it into this category because of the extensive embroidery.



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.



F175 Violin Case Insert fragment
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F175 Violin Case Insert fragment
c. 1885

Lancaster County, PA
$1,400

One can see by the shape of this Victorian crazy quilt fragment that it is that of a violin. An Amish woman created this as a present for a violinist to put inside his violin carrying case to carefully protect the violin from any damage. The imprint of the violin can be seen in the silk velvet backing. Obviously a present for some special person, a piece such as this would never have been an embellishment in an Amish home.





Q8563 Dated Victorian Crazy Quilt with Jumbo
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Q8563 Dated Victorian Crazy Quilt with Jumbo
c.1906
43 x 55 (109.2 x 139.7 cm)
New York
$1,900

P.T. Barnum’s Circus is closing after 140 years, making this quilt that includes Jumbo even more collectable.

This is a rare and wonderful piece of folk art in its original youth bed size. A wide variety of wool and wool challis fabrics have been assembled into a crazy quilt, with every seam embellished in fancy hand stitching. Absolutely packed with embroidered pictures of birds, butterflies, fruit, flowers, chickens, along with a cow, dog, and a horse.

The most historically intriguing animal is the elephant labeled Jumbo on its side. Circus showman P.T. Barnum marketed Jumbo heavily in the 1880s, so it would be a reasonable possibility that this quilt was made by someone who remembered Jumbo or perhaps included the elephant because it was in one of the childs favorite books.

Finished with a 1 inch separately applied black binding embellished with a double herringbone stitch, backed with red flannel, and reverse tied with black yarn. The perfect size for hanging, this quilt retains all of its positive energy! Please ask Betsey for more details.



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.



f323 Cotton Crazy Quilt Foundation Pieced Fragment
F323 Cotton Crazy Quilt Foundation Pieced Fragment
c. 1880
20 x 30 inches
New England
SOLD

Created in individual squares, then sewn together. Original configuration. Great array of 19th century calicoes.



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.

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.

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. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.

Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
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Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
c.1890
66 x 76 (167.6 x 193 cm)
Gouverneur, NY
$2,900

A fabulous wool folk art crazy quilt with a myriad of interesting and unique symbols and embellishments straight out of this quilter's imagination. Various solid and patterned worsted wools, challis and wool suiting fabrics combine in a muted palette of olives, browns, wine, black and ecru to form the subtle background. The artist used this as a canvas onto which she embroidered both whimsical and traditional designs using solid and variegated wool yarns in bright, warm hues. Appliques of crocheted wool and bright wool challis in amorphous shapes and geometrics add even more charm.

Central to the quilt's design is a block of uniform bricks around which the other fantastical shapes and elements flow. The backing of this quilt is a tan and ecru plaid and is the foundation onto which each piece is stitched. The 3/8" binding is an applied olive green wool challis.

Wonderful warmth and movement make this quilt a great choice to use as the focal point in any room. Folk art sophistication and whimsy at its best, this is a wonderful and unique quilt that can be sent to you on approval.

Q8740 Mummers Crazy Quilt
Q8740 Mummers Crazy Quilt
c.1890
91 x 92 (231.1 x 233.7 cm)
Philadelphia, PA
SOLD

Some of the earliest mummers date back to early Egypt, pagan Rome and Greece, England, Germany, and France. Historically, Mummery has influenced customs and perpetuated many interesting traditions. The use of masks and different costumes were carried over from the Greek celebrations of King Momus, the Italian-feast of saturnalia, and the British Mummery Play. All of these cultures passed along their traditions from generation to generation, and eventually these traditions were brought to America by immigrants. The tradition of Philadelphia Mummery started in the late 17th century as a continuation of the Old World customs of ushering in the New Year. Mummery in America is as unique to Philadelphia as Mardi Gras is to New Orleans.

The symbols of the Philadelphia Mummers include musical instruments, moons, hearts, diamonds, stars, weaponry, as well as silhouetted faces. Many of these symbols have been incorporated into this circa 1890 folk art Mummer's quilt. Beautifully pieced wool and wool challis fabrics in solids, plaids and floral prints comprise this large, very decorative piece of Philadelphia history. The symbols themselves are cut from solid felted wool and the fine wool embroidery used throughout is both precise and exuberant in color and style.

A 4 ½" double border in two shades of tan wool challis frames the inner design and has intricate embellishment along the entire border seam on four sides. The backing is a brown, red and yellow small scale plaid cotton with a 5/8" applied brown wool challis binding. In excellent condition this quilt is a rare find. Our quilts are always sent on approval.

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