Saturday, June 23, 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.


  1. Sandra, what type of ink did they use when stamping on a quilt block? It has sure stood the test of time well.

  2. I love that quilt!...and I love the use of dark quilting thread!! I almost always feel like I am breaking the rules when I use dark thread on an old top...but not any more!

  3. Excellent examples of signature styles. Love the old fabrics!

  4. This is fantastic! I would love to pour over it in person. And that back is fab. What a find Sandra!

  5. What a lovely quilt. I just love signature quilts. And the quilting is just wonderful.
    Always love your quilts you show us!

  6. just beautiful
    LOVE this quilt , can you share a picture of one of the yellow stars?
    omg that backing fabric is just sooooo beautiful
    what an amazing quilt

  7. Cool antique quilt.

  8. Hello, I just added you to blogs I follow on my blog - you are welcome to look. I love love love old quilts (old anything really) I have the last quilt-top my great, great gma worked on as well as others that are not from my family.
    Your blog is not only a great source of information, but a great inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing.


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