QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT

QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Morris Earthly Paradise

Friday, January 29, 2016

Six Eagle Quilts

Eagle Quilt (Number 1)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gift of Mrs. Jacob Kaplan
Possibly Made in New England
#1974.32

A Pair of Twins

Quilt date-inscribed 1842 (Number 2)
From Knowlton, New Jersey
David Wheatcroft Antiques in Massachusetts

The quilts obviously have much in common:
  • One piece eagle with peaked shield
  • Bowknot and vine swag under the eagle
  • Spiky triangle border and zigzag border
  • Six-pointed stars (26 in one, 25 in the other with 4 additional stars in border)


Another characterstic is the feathers on the head
rather than a smooth, curved head.

We might guess that one woman made both or that two women shared a pattern or a teacher.

These eagles also seem to have some rather awkward cousins.

Braintree Historical Society, (Number 3)
Massachusetts Project, Quilt Index.
Attributed to the Van Alta family

This one has 29 stars of a different kind plus a fringe around the dogtooth triangle edge. Also a red dogtooth tail. Are those eggs under the eagle?

Also notice the birds along the sides, similar to Quilt Number 2


Massachusetts Project, Quilt Index (Number 4)
Attributed to the Garrison Family, Hartford (CT?)
This one has 32 stars and the eagle is flipped.

The four above seem to have New England in common.
The quilt below, also from the Quilt Index, is from the Illinois State Museum.
How many stars? 29 above the eagle,
6 in the gold field below
and 2 below that = 37 in all
plus 4 in the flag at the top



The family donated the quilt in 1966 and knew quite a bit
about the maker. They guessed it be made about 1848.

This picture of a mid-century quilt I found on line has no information with it.

Rather than being a medallion with a central focus
it's four repeated blocks.
The eagles are so belligerent they don't carry any olive branches---
just arrows.

More later.....

6 comments:

Barb said...

Wonderful Eagle Post! One of my favorite themes. MMmmmnn maybe it's time for another.

Lori said...

I love the eagle quilts. Such an informative post!! Have a great weekend.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Eagle quilts one of my favorites--wish they were in my skill level

Angie said...

Another fan of eagle quilts here. Thanks for the inspiration!

Judy Hansen said...

Interesting post. Thanks for your research.

Eleanor Hunzinger said...

Very exciting. I've always loved eagle quilts. Thanks for the inspiration.