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

Have you ever owned an antique blanket? Antique blankets, like homes, quilts and furniture were made to last. The quality and fibers were usually the very best. People did not buy many, they had a few, and would buy or make the best that they could afford. Most 18th and 19th century blankets in New England were homespun, often taking two years for their creation. We have cotton, linen and wool, or a combination of these fibers. All antique textiles were made with natural fibers, no synthetics. Early New England blankets were made for warmth. These blankets have been organically washed by Betsey and ready for use.

Antique Blankets

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CONNC3 Signed and Dated Summer/Winter Coverlet
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CONNC3 Signed and Dated Summer/Winter Coverlet
Signed and dated 1857
86 x 90 inches
New Hampshire or Massachusetts
$1,600

Perfectly executed on a large loom, this one piece Summer/Winter coverlet is a signed and dated masterpiece. The name is not that of the maker, but the name of the person for whom the work was commissioned.

The intricacy of this coverlet is amazing. The outside border that measures 10" is adorned with woven peacocks with olive branches, trees and a canopy overhead. Also woven are a pair of much beloved pet dogs. The entire coverlet is crammed full of vine and flower embellishments. It appears that this coverlet was hardly used or not used at all. Coverlets such as this one were how we kept warm on our cold winter nights in the Northeast. Due to the fact that everything was washed by hand, and rarely, pieces such as these had a much longer life.

The edges are finished with tiny overcast stitches. Red wool yarn and lined homespun thread were used in the construction. Itinerant weavers would spend weeks at the homes of affluent families creating these masterpieces. We have three that have come from one family. The provenance will be given upon the purchase.

Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping.



CONNC4 Overshot Patriotic Coverlet
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CONNC4 Overshot Patriotic Coverlet
c.1850
84 x 92 inches
Massachusetts
$1,600

Today Patriotism is so important and always has been, since before we were able to win our freedom from England. This magnificent complicated patterned coverlet is a wonderful example of how we incorporated the love of our country into our treasured textiles. This coverlet is filled with symbolism...We have our American symbol of freedom -- the Eagle holding arrows -- all around the coverlet. Incorporated into this coverlet we have Stags, we have doves for peace, sparrows, vines, urns with flowers, leaves totally embellished circling the entire perimiter. We have Pagodas symbolizing China, which we loved and collected their pottery, dishes and decorative objects.

Woven on a huge loom, this one piece coverlet was woven from red woolen yarn and natural color Linen fiber. Amazing weaving and indeed an exquisite attention grabber.

There are a very, very few tiny moth holes which one has to search for. Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping.



CONNC1 Indigo Summer/Winter Woven Coverlet
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CONNC1 Indigo Summer/Winter Woven Coverlet
Woven date: 1857
88 x 100 inches
Massachusetts
$975

An antique woven summer/winter coverlet of this size will fit today's queen or king size bed. Woven on a huge loom which has resulted in a seamless woven coverlet. This artistic masterpiece was created using natural color heavy linen thread and Indigo dyed woolen yarn. Coming directly from the family and possibly woven on their property. Itinerant weavers traveled from home to home, living on their property, weaving for affluent families. True Indigo dye is one of only two dyes that are fade resistant.

We have here an outer border on all sides. The Two sides are 4" while the bottom and top measure 4" for the border. The top and bottom borders have woven onto the design the date of 1857. Seen in the four corners are regal peacocks with 19" tails. The inside circular design measures 40" in width. The outer center medallion is 54" while the inner most center medallion measures 18".

Designs include regal peacocks, water lilies or lotus, vines and an unusual center medallion. The weaving is overall complicated, sophisticated and visually exquisite.



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B41 Irish Home Woven Coverlet
c.1850
48 x 71 inches
Homespun in Ireland
$1,600

About 25 years ago I purchased a cradle with this hand woven cotton and linen coverlet inside..there was also a note..unfortunately now lost, telling the story of these items. As I remember the story it told that the hand woven coverlet and the cradle, holding a baby, came over from Ireland during the time when so many were fleeing the potato famine. The time would have been the very early 1850's. My shop has always been for American textiles, mostly quilts. However, I could not resist this purchase as at that time I was approaching the grandchild era in my life.

This coverlet measures 48" X 71"...Colors of the threads in this coverlet are a chocolate brown, muted gold, off white, red and black. Overall the coverlet is very muted. There are two strips loomed on a 24" loom and then sewn together to create the 48" width. The design, to me, seems very complicated and would have been created by a master weaver. Is it possible that the Mother of this young Mother lovingly wove this coverlet to keep her grandchild warm for the voyage to America and a new life?

Happy to answer more questions. This early coverlet can be sent, with free shipping, for your final approval.



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B40 Rare Unused Early American Homespun Sheet
Pre-1850
67 x 100 inches
New England
$850

Most early New Englanders were self sufficient for numerous reasons. One was the obvious monetary reason..another was the fierce sense of independence. People took pride in their work and executed everything to the best of their ability...aiming for perfection. Whatever they were working on needed to last for years and may haven taken years to complete.

Here in Early New England we raised flax, which became Linen fiber to be spun into thread that was then woven into various home linens. This, what appears to be unused, sheet was woven on a 34 inch loom. Two strips were sewn together to create this much prized home spun bed linen. In wills the second most important item, after house and land, were the families textiles. From start to finish this project could take up to 2 years!...All hand labor!

In today's world we could use this rare hand woven textile either as a sheet or as a summer blanket. Due to the length of time the construction took, it is easy to see why textiles were so highly prized.

We are happy to send this textile, with free Fed Ex shipping, for your approval.



B23 Home Woven Wool and Cotton Blanket
B23 Woolen Blanket
c.1930
62 x 136 inches
New England
SOLD

During the cold winter months in New England many use woolen blankets that actually went under and over the person in bed. Wool is so warm and it holds in the heat. This true red with black stripe blanket, because of its length can actually be made into 2 blankets, each measuring 62" X 68"...or any length you wish....a longer blanket and a shorter blanket to be used as a throw. There are a few tiny holes that we will be happy to weave.

There is something so special about the earlier woolen blankets. I am happy to send this unusual woolen blanket, with free shipping, for your approval.



B35 Hudson's Bay Blanket
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B35 Hudson Bay Blanket
c.1940s
72 x 86 inches
New England
$550

The true Hudson's Bay Blanket has always been known for its quality and duribility. This authentic C.1940s blanket is truly iconic. Not only classy, but true warmth. Today we not only use these hard to find blankets for beds, but they make wonderful blankets for snuggling under and reading a good book or watching a great movie during the long winter's nights.

This blanket just about speaks for itself.

I am happy to send this special blanket, with free shipping for your approval.



B34 Mariposa Red Woolen Blanket with Thick Black Stripes
B34 Mariposa Red Woolen Blanket with Thick Black Stripes
c.1930
64 x 82 inches
Ohio
$550

Luscious deep red with four thick black stripes woolen blanket. There is nothing like a woolen blanket for warmth. This blanket feels extra thick therefore even warmer. Mariposa is a famous factory that created luxurious woolen blankets for us to enjoy to this day.

There are a very few tiny holes that we will weave if desired at no extra cost.

I am happy to send this blanket, with free shipping, for your approval.



B33 Summer/Winter Coverlet
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B33 Summer/Winter Coverlet
c.mid-1800s
80 x 87 inches
Massachusetts
$1,200

Summer winter coverlets were prevalent during the 19th century. However, there are many that have not remained in good condition, understandably, because of their use. This summer winter coverlet is large enough to fit a queen sized bed, measuring 80" X 87". Obviously this one was stored away for many years, as it shows only light use.

This coverlet is called a summer winter coverlet because the majority of one side is indigo, other ecru. Therefore one side for the fall and winter...one side for the spring and light use for the summer.

The coverlet was woven on a 40 inch loom. We have a coverlet with two full panels creating a coverlet 80" wide and 87" long. The bottom has 4" of hand made fringe which has also survived in wonderful condition. The coverlet was woven from linen and wool, possibly homespun. The linen is true color, the wool is indigo dyed.

In those days we obviously had no central heating, and bed linens of any kind were the second most important item in a person's estate (after land). Many of these coverlets were woven by itinerant weavers who traveled from home to home. Others may have been created by servants. In New England, the servants of larger homes lived on the third floor, which would have also housed the looms. There are hundreds of different patterns of coverlets. The closest pattern we can find to this coverlet is called Catalpa Flowers.

Please email or call for us to send it, with free shipping, for your viewing and approval.



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CONCH1A Rose Pink Overshot Coverlet
c.4th quarter 19th century
64 x 88 inches
New York
$900

Not so many years ago there was a wonderful textile museum in Lowell Massachusetts that unfortunately has closed due to lack of funding. It was at this museum that I was able to see a loom large enough to create a coverlet of this width.
This seamless coverlet measures 64" in width. The rare rose/pink coverlet appears to be almost unused and now organically hand washed by us.
Completely created from wool, this cover would provide amazing warmth in winter or any other time of the year. The pattern is similar to indigo and white coverlets; however, I have never seen an antique coverlet in this color. The border is absolutely wonderful, and also different from any I've ever seen.
The family's home was Manhattan (name provided upon sale), and as an affluent 19th century family, chances are this is a commodity they would have purchased from a fashionable store in that city.
We are happy to send this coverlet, without shipping charge, for your in-home approval.



B32 Summer/Winter Indigo and Ecru Overshot Coverlet
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B32 Summer/Winter Indigo and Ecru Overshot Coverlet
c.1850
70 x 82 inches
Vermont
$1,400

Woven on a 36" loom using Indigo dyed wool and ecru multi-strand cotton. During the early to mid 19th century many rural families raised their own sheep and carded then dyed this wool to loom.
This coverlet is comprised of 2 strips created on a 36" loom and then sewn together to make an 82" length.
This coverlet feels so substantial yet cozy and comforting at any time of the year. In the summer one would use the light side of the coverlet while in the winter one would use the dark or Indigo side. The summer would be the time to use this coverlet by itself and in the winter over other blankets for warmth and visual appeal. In today's world, with a climatically controlled environment, this coverlet lends an artistic and colorful design element to one's home.
There is one original small hole weaves and one 2" sewn tear at the bottom.
Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your at home approval.



B31 Folksy Western Motif Bates Bedspread
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B31 Folksy Western Motif Bates Bedspread
c.1955
75 x 92 inches
Maine
$375

Red, white, and blue are the colors used in the construction of this pleasingly graphic western motif spread. A few of the machine woven designs seen here are the rising sun, flying birds and numerous cattle brands. Each ranch has their own individulisic design for a branding iron. When cattle roamed the open range the brand was the only way to tell which cattle belonged to whom.

This spread can be used for its original intent as a bed spread or for delightful pillows...or both with a twin bed. Another idea is this artistic spread folded over a bar would make a fun piece of art on your wall either full size or folded in halves, thirds or quarters.

This lower price reflects some shading on the spread.

Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your at home approval.



B22 Homespun Woolen Blanket
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B22 Homespun Woolen Blanket
c.1920s
60 x 82 inches
Maine Monastery
$450

Finding a homespun woolen blanket is almost impossible today. This blanket, along with others that I was lucky enough to buy many years ago, was woven at a Maine Monastery where the process started with raising the sheep.
The entire process usually took two years to complete. There is not a blanket that is warmer than a homespun woolen one. This blanket is a natural shade of "white" with Kelly Green striping and edging. The loom created 30 inch wide panels...hand sewing two together created a 60" wide blanket.
Organically hand washed and ready for your approval. Sent at no charge to your home.



B30 All Wool Stadium Blanket
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B30 All Wool Stadium Blanket
c.1950s
60 x 72 inches
New England
$350

What fun to have an original 1950s woolen stadium blanket for use in your family room in front of the big screen! You can watch your favorite football and pretend you are back in the 1950s. In red white and blue with a splash of dark green, this wonderful really really warm blanket appears to have never been used. I do find a very, very few original moth holes...the moths are long gone!
We are happy to send this sentimental blanket to you on approval.



B27 The Wonderful Red, White and Blue Blanket
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B27 The Wonderful Red, White and Blue Blanket
c.1880
69 x 78 inches
New England
$900

A graphically pleasing plaid home woven woolen blanket...perfect to use any time of the year when one needs some warmth.
Can you imagine how long it took to weave this wonderful blanket...Woven on a 26-1/2" loom from red, white and blue woolen yarn. The finished product was then sewn together in three strips.
After the Civil War more people started purchasing wool than going through the entire time consuming process to create the finished product...The industrial era was beginning. I believe this yarn was purchased..therefore this blanket is called home woven and not homespun.
The three strips are sewn together so perfectly that this blanket is reversible. A piece of textile art to use on your bed or a wonderful throw for one's couch or chair.
We are happy to send for your at home approval. Shipping is always free in the continental USA...internationally there is a shipping fee.



B4 Bunk bed Spread with Pillow Tuck
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B4 Bunk bed Spread with Pillow Tuck
c.1950
38 x 88 inches
Massachusetts
$175

This cotton spread appears to be hardly used, is now organically washed by Betsey and ready for your home. To me, this would make a fabulous summer table cloth.



B5 Woolen Blanket
B5 Woolen Blanket
c.1930 (nineteen thirties)
77 x 80 inches
Pennsylvania
$225

This rich deep shade of reddish brown blanket is patterned with black herringbone cross-hatching squares. Its original purpose was to fit a double size bed, it could also fit a twin or double or be used as wonderful throw for a queen. Hardly used but does have a few original moth holes. Betsey has organically hand washed this, and it’s ready for your home.



B8 Homespun Black and White Check Blanket w/ Embroidered Name
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B8 Homespun Black and White Check Blanket w/ Embroidered Name
Late 19th century
54 x 106 inches
Maine
$275

This homespun black and white check blanket has been created from two hand woven 27” strips. There is some wonderful character to this piece, including a 4” square patch. The hand embroidered name, Christopher Riheuby Stuart, was probably added later. Many of the Stuarts from Maine are descendants of Mary Queen of Scot.



B9 Baby Blanket
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B9 Baby Blanket
c.1940s
35 x 48 inches
Massachusetts
$150

This premiere woven baby blanket is a thick, luscious cotton with a 1 1/2 inch silk binding. It’s reversible and warm and cuddly to use in the baby carriage for a ride in the winter.



B11 Early 20th Century Wool Blanket
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B11 Early 20th Century Wool Blanket
c.1900
56 x 101 inches
Massachusetts
$165

Originally made for a double size bed, this could also be used for a twin or full size bed or as a throw on any bed or sofa. This unused blanket has been organically washed and is ready to be taken home.



B17 Lavender and White Cotton Plaid Blanket
B17 Lavender and White Cotton Plaid Blanket
c.1925
75 x 76 inches
Maine
$75

This blanket has been used. It’s been organically washed by Betsey. It was $150 but now is $75 due to wear.



B20 Broderie Perse Summer Spread
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B20 Broderie Perse Summer Spread
Dated 1934
88 x 107 inches
Origin unknown
$475

This mint condition Broderie Perse Summer Spread must have been too special to use. Each piece is meticulously outlined with minuscule buttonhole stitches. All of the seams are covered with yellow and green Victorian embroidery stitching. The entire piece is reminiscent of a combination of 18th, late 18th and early 19th century sewing styles making this absolutely one of a kind. Hand washed and ready to use. This will fit a double or queen size bed.



B21 Homespun Off White Wool Blanket
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B21 Homespun Off White Wool Blanket
c.1930
62 x 76 inches
Maine
Was $195, now $150 due to fading

This blanket is two strips of the full width of the loom. The top and bottom are finished with a green woolen yarn in a buttonhole stitch. There is nothing warmer in the winter than a woolen blanket.

Some fading in one corner making it a little more white than the rest.



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