Sunday, June 24, 2012

1844 PA Signature Stars

One of many signature/name blocks in my dated 1843-44 Ohio Star quilt from Philadelphia and surrounding towns.  This block for Henry Jones was stamped with a signature stamp with 2 charming cherubs (angels) on top and anchors and maybe a lyre on bottom.

Here is the full quilt, very large 104" x 108" with a variety of signatures/names from Philadelphia, PA and several Welsh Quaker towns like Tredyffrin, Gwynedd, also Bristol, Bucks Co, Montgomery etc.   Some of the surnames are Green, Simmers, Foulke, Lukens, Jones, Downing, Huffnagle.  Based on the towns and surnames and also a Quaker style dating method, I believe this is a Quaker quilt.
And here is the fabulous highly glazed cotton chintz backing fabric

 Love this wonderful little bird carrying a ribbon for RL Simmers.  Several blocks have the Simmers name.

And here's the block for CE Green:  a grape vine branch.  A number of blocks also have Green surnames.

Please let me know if you have any questions or have any information to add.
Your comments and questions are most appreciated.

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