The last post discussed the techniques and style in this quilt
with a date of 1867 or 1869 and the name Mary Eliza
Trowbridge or Crowbridge in the IQSCM collection.
I have a small photo file of similar quilts, some attributed to England.
Some are now in the U.S. but I would imagine they are also of English origin.
Quilt #2. In the U.S.
Here is one about which little is known. It's unquilted patchwork with an appliqued alphabet and the
Same color palette as Mary Eliza's with many Prussian blue prints
in applique that appears to be secured with cross stitch.
Similar patterns: Simple animals such as dogs, birds and horses plus
human figures. Note the pitcher.
Another pitcher among humans and animals.
You may be familiar with this piece as it's in the collection
of the Victoria & Albert Museum and has been well publicized.
Kaffe Fassett published a pattern.
The V&A caption for T.86-1957 indicates they know little about it. In 1957 Mrs. E. A. Hunt of Wrotham, Kent donated it on behalf of the West Kent Federation of Women's Institute.
Perhaps the women at the West Kent WI, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, could tell us more about Mrs. Hunt and the quilt. Somebody run right over there.
Quilt #4 below is in the collection of the Shelburne Museum in Vermont.
Quilt with a border of marching soldiers
Florence Peto, the collector who found this quilt, was sure it was an American Civil War souvenir, but I find that hard to believe. It looks English to me in style and is more likely to be commemorating the English Crimean War of the 1850s.
I bet the female figure in the center is Florence Nightingale,
the famous nurse, the Lady with the Lamp of the Crimean War.
In this layered photo the lighter Shelburne's Florence Nightingale figure is compared
to two female figures in the IQSC piece.
Read a post I wrote about the Shelburne's quilt here:
When we looked at Mary Eliza's quilt at IQSCM we noted the cataloging information indicated it was from Wisconsin. This may indeed be true but I doubt it was made in Wisconsin. We considered the possibilities:
- Mary was from England and made the quilt in Wisconsin.
- Mary's mother was from England and taught Mary to make an English style applique in Wisconsin.
Upon reflection and finding such similar pieces I have to think Mary made the quilt in England (if indeed she made the quilt---it just might have been her quilt) . Details of aesthetics in style and techniques do not easily cross an ocean so intact.
Tomorrow: More related quilts.