Time and Location ·
1886 Centennial Quilts
Bowman, Doris M. The Smithsonian Treasury American Quilts. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991. ISBN: 0-517-05952-5, 74-75.
Brackman, Barbara. America’s Printed Fabrics: 1770-1890. Lafayette, CA: C&T Pub., 2004. ISBN 1-57120-255-2
Brackman, Barbara. Centennial Prints: The Stars of the Calico Craze.” Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. Oct. 1995: pp. 23.
Collins, Herbert Ridgeway. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth 1775 to the Present. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979. ISBN 0-87474-326-5
Cord, Xenia. “Let’s Talk: Conversation Prints of the 19th Century.” American Patchwork & Quilting. Aug. 1999: pp. 14-17.
Cox Crews, Patricia. Editor. A FLOWERING OF QUILTS
Showcases a wealth of 19th-century floral applique quilts. Each work is accompanied by a descriptive history, including techniques and botanical influences.
Well illustrated, most in color.
Published by UNeP
Size(inches) 8˝ x 10
Item # 5313066
Remainder Pub at $35.00 Your Price $6.95
Duke, Dennis, and Deborah Harding, eds. America's Glorious Quilt. New York: Crown Publishers, 1987: pp. 25-26, 53-55, 94-95, 165, 200. ISBN 0-517-64604-8.
Farnsworth, Lucille. "A Commemorative Cotton Print." Hobbies. Jun. 1959: pp. 58-59.
(Centennial print on the cover)
The article focuses on the one madder print set in a stripe with the vignettes of cannons shooting, Liberty bell ringing and the peace shield with a Liberty cap on a pole.
Fox, Sandi. SMALL ENDEARMENTS, SECOND EDITION REVISED: Nineteenth-Century Quilts for Children and Dolls .
Uncovers the influences and motivations behind the beautiful works of art. Pieces together why such quilts were made, choice of fabrics, and patterns taken from botany, nursery rhymes, and Bible stories.
Fully illustrated, most in color.
Published by Rutledge Hill
Size(inches) 7˝ x 10
Item # 5169844
Remainder Pub at $24.95 Your Price $5.95
Kiracofe, Roderick, and Mary Elizabeth Johnson. The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort, 1750-1950. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1993: 143. ISBN: 0-517-57535-3
Peck, Amelia. American Quilts & Coverlets in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1990. ISBN 0-87099-592-8 or 0-525-24912-5
(p. 124 shows a George Washington print believed to be ca. 1876.)
Rogers, Grace L. "Patriotic Printed Fabrics 1876 Centennial Prints." Hobbies. Jul. 1955: pp. 52-53.
(Centennial quilt on the cover)
The Centennial Quilt on the cover of this issue is from the collection at the Smithsonian and it is also featured in Collins' book. It DOES have a piece of the simulated patchwork in it (presumably on the back- I can't find it on the front). But whether the quilt was actually assembled in 1876- or later would give us another clue about the age of the simulated patchwork print. The history with the quilt states the following:
"Cotton, pieced-work Centennial quilt made of fabrics commemorating the nation's first hundred years. The fabrics were collected by Mr. Bradley, who was a merchant in the dry goods wholesale trade in New
York, and whose firm received samples from manufacturers. It was made in Charleston, New Hampshire, by his daughter Harriet, age 12; her mother, Emily Bradbury; and her grandmother, Maria Silsby."
It is given a date of "ca.1876"-which doesn't narrow it down for us....it could very well have been finished in 1882 or 83, or later. This same quilt is also pictured in The Smithsonian Treasury by Doris M. Bowman on page 75, but it's a blurry picture-and reversed (look at "Washington"). A correction to Collin's description -based on the description in Bowman is that Emily's name was also Bradley (not Bradbury) and the grandmother was Maria Silsby Robertson. Bowman notes that the lining was piece-work too.
Roy, Gerald E. “This Old Quilt.” Fon’s & Porter’s Love of Quilting. Jul./Aug. 2005: pp.10-12.