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

About American Antique Silk Quilts

Silk in the 19th century was strictly the fabric of the wealthy. Because silks of this era were manufactured for affluent buyers, they were of the highest quality and have retained their original strength, luster, brilliance, and condition today. 95% of the silk antique quilts that I have purchased for sale were made before 1890, and we do have silk antique quilts dating back to the 1840?s. Silk quilts were not made to be used, but to be displayed only as ?Sunday best?. In the mid 19th century, two of the most popular silk quilt patterns were the Mosaic and the Log Cabin.

As with any other quilt, condition, color, and graphics combine to make an original piece of art. After purchasing your antique silk quilt, we will be happy to assist you in proper hanging techniques. Hanging is recommended for silk quilts to take advantage of the stunning play of light reflecting from the surface of silks and silk velvets.

American Antique Silk Quilts

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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.



Q9108 Harvard University /Massachusetts Miniature Cigar Ribbon Quilt
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Q9108 Harvard University /Massachusetts Miniature Cigar Ribbon Quilt
c.1885
34 x 34 inches
Massachusetts
$4,800

This quilt is currently featured in the exhibition Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage held at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, from June 29 to October 27, 2019. It may be seen on page 21 in their book Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage, published by the National Galleries Scotland.

Many Victorian women were resourceful, creative and loved embellishing. In the homes of today, when we have stopped embellishing, Victorian women have just begun...I like to say that these women embellished the embellishment. However, in addition Victorian women loved to be creative and excelled in needlework of all kinds. As a trendy habit most Victorian men smoked cigars. These cigars, in clusters, were wrapped in beautiful silk ribbons denoting the manufacturer. This advertiser design resulted in exquisite silk ribbons waiting to be creatively assembled in a piece of textile art. This Massachusetts woman, whose husband may have attended Harvard, has taken the silk cigar bands and created a version of the log cabin completely from these ribbons. The reason why I date this mid 1880’s is because of the vibrant colors. Later, the colors (mostly blue, orange and red) faded more easily due to a change in dyeing techniques. These miniature quiltx are rare not only because of their scarcity, but because of the rarity of the colors and the manufacturers, notably Harvard. There are numerous ribbons from Massachusetts companies and over a dozen crimson Harvard University ribbons. One ribbon includes a patriotic golden American eagle holding an arrow. What an amazing piece of textile art for your home or office. In perfect original condition and ready to be sent for your approval.



Q9106 Silk Victorian Patriotic Cigar Ribbon Quilt
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Q9106 Silk Victorian Patriotic Cigar Ribbon Quilt
c.1885
35 x 35 inches
Massachusetts
$4,800

Most Victorian men smoked cigars and as a result Victorian women could collect the cigar ribbons and create decorative quilts in beautifully embellished variations of the log cabin pattern. This miniature quilt has some very rare ribbons, including 4 red, white and blue ribbons used to frame a center square design on point. Also incorporated in this sophisticated collector's quilt are very rare green ribbons, Harvard University crimson ribbons and even red, and red and white stripe ribbons. This Massachusetts quilt is filled with cigar maker manufacturers names along with ribbons showing American flags and other symbols. This is a truly sophisticated collector's piece in perfect condition. This miniature quilt is one of four that I found at the same time. Each has its own unique characteristics. A perfect piece of antique wall art for your home or office. In original condition and ready to be sent for your approval.



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.





Q9004 Miniature Blocks: Silk and Silk Velvet Log Cabin Barn Raising Quilt
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Q9004 Miniature Blocks: Silk and Silk Velvet Log Cabin Barn Raising Quilt
c.1870
60 x 65 inches
Maine/New Hampshire
$5,100

This silk velvet log cabin has a specific way to hang because the top of the quilt is without a border. I’m assuming they wanted that to be at the head of the bed. In mint condition, this exquisite quilt has a 4” golden silk velvet border that has been turned back to make a pillowcase edge.

The piecing was done with 1/2" logs and a 1" center chimney. Completely pieced by hand, these diminutive pieces create an exquisite outcome. Created over 150 years ago, it is ironic that these are all today’s colors. The backing is 19th century dress lining. This extraordinary textile will make a perfect focal point for your living room or great room. Silk fabrics will pulsate when properly lit, almost taking on another dimension. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9041 Silk Tumbling Blocks
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Q9041 Silk Tumbling Blocks
c.1840
68 x 79 inches
Massachusetts
$5,800

This dramatic silk tumbling block quilt is an artistic masterpiece. Picture this quilt hanging in a great room or stairwell. In order for the blocks to be upright, it needs to be hung vertically. If horizontal, the quilt becomes a sea of stars. The sides of the triangles are 1-3/4 inches. An optical illusion, it appears to be stacks of blocks pulsating when put in the proper light. It is comprised of silks dating from 1800 to c.1840 and created in Harvard, MA. The name of the well renowned family will be given at the sale.The name of the well renowned family will be given at the sale. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9068 Optical Illusion Silk and Silk Velvet Pineapple and Windmill Log Cabin
Q9068 Optical Illusion Silk and Silk Velvet Pineapple and Windmill Log Cabin
c.1875 with older date calico backing fabric
64 x 73 inches
Found in Philadelphia
SOLD

Wow! An optical illusion silk quilt. When I look at the black I see windmills. When I look at the colors I see pineapples. The joining blocks are created from silk velvet. Some fabrics date back to the 1850s. The quilt has a 3/8 inch machine applied orange binding. It has 8-1/4 inch blocks with 2-1/4 inch joining blocks. The width of the logs varies from 1/2 to 3/4 inch and is created from very expensive silks and silk velvets. This quilt must have been created by a woman in an affluent family. The back is a rust/brown whole cloth cotton flannel sometimes used to line men’s clothing. They say a picture is worth 1000 words. This is the perfect example. Can you imagine this quilt hung on a great wall? There must be a dozen different colors on this quilt, 98% of which are solids. Therefore it would work with almost any color. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Q8303  Silk Broken Dishes with Embroidered Border
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Q8303 Silk Broken Dishes with Embroidery Border
c.1885
64 x 64 (162.6 x 162.6 cm)
PA
$2,600

A stunning creation comprised of luscious silks. Jewel tones shine like only high quality silk can and this rainbow of colors is arranged to give maximum effect. Triangles measuring 3 ½ inches on the short sides form the Broken Dishes pattern, with all seams embellished with multi hued silk floss. The 3 ½ inch outer border on this sophisticated silk creation adds a touch of whimsy that sets this quilt apart from other lovely antique silk quilts. Animals and insects, children and toads, flowers and fruits, moons and stars just to name a few, coexist happily on the four sided silk blocks border. Within this border is a 2 inch silk bricks border. These design elements come together to create a unique and visually stunning quilt.

The backing is a lovely silk in a solid saturated melon hue – see detail pictures. The applied 1/4 inch binding is in brown silk and sewn entirely by hand. The batting is very thin and lightweight, reverse tied using silk floss.

This is a very beautiful and visually graphic silk quilt that pleads to be hung on a wall and enjoyed as the artwork it is. Please ask Betsey about having this quilt sent to you on approval for private viewing.

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.

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.

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
$2,900

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.

Q6832 Silk Center Medallion Mosaic
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Q6832 Silk Center Medallion Mosaic
c.1855
66 x 80 (167.6 x 203.2 cm)
Pennsylvania
$2,400

Nothing sparkles light like silk, and this beautiful quilt would be a truly stunning piece of art for your wall or bed. In unused condition, a wide variety of silks in blues, fuschia, browns and black stripes, checks, plaids, solids, and solid failles have been hand pieced into a center medallion mosaic configuration. Each hexagon measures 1 ¾ inches across, and has been hand outline quilted. The 3 ¾ inch border is a rich green and black plaid reminiscent of a Scottish Black Watch tartan, and has been quilted with a diagonal basket weave motif. The separately applied black wool challis binding is a ½ inch wide, and the backing is a lovely olive brown and rose leaf print silk. A quilt such as this one was a mark of excellence for a woman of affluence, as only a very prosperous family could afford such fabrics. What an amazing piece of art! Please ask Betsey for more information.

Q8189 Silk Velvet Bars
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Q8189 Silk Velvet Bars
1885
44 x 60 (111.8 x 152.4 cm)
Illinois
1885

$1,900

This is a very sumptuous quilt; created from plush, deep toned mauve, pink, green, blue, gold and black silk velvets. The way light plays across the surface of antique silk velvet is truly amazing, and next to impossible to convey through two dimensional photographs. In unused condition, this quilt has been foundation pieced by hand and reverse tied. The binding is gray silk velvet, and the backing is a lovely 1880’s mauve print. What a beautiful piece of art!

Fragment Victorian Pieced Fan
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Fragment Victorian Pieced Fan
c. 1880
11 x 11 1/4
northeast
$125

This is a great little piece of Victorian decoration! A single fan block created entirely from perfectly coordinated silk and silk velvet, and embellished with pale shades of silk twist. Bound with black same date silk, and backed with a lovely floral cotton print, this quilt fragment is in pristine condition and ready for your home!

Q8368 Silk Geometric Runner
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Q8368 Silk Geometric Runner
c. 1880
12 x 43
Kopak, NY
$950

This fabulous silk table runner seems to have started out as an ambitious miniature log cabin creation with blue and cream double herringbone embellishment, but after only six little blocks, it turns into a more straightforward arrangement of squares with a majority of cream colored double herringbone. It certainly invites speculation on its construction, and adds to the fun of this fun and sophisticated piece. Plus who could resist stroking the ultra soft silk velvet dangles on the ends? This little quilt has been backed with a deep burnished gold silk backing. In completely original condition, this runner does have some minor water damage in a few of the middle squares, but will be inconspicuous when viewed as a table runner. Please ask Betsey for more information.

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