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Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection


Album
Maker unknown
1856
collected in Bird-in Hand, Pennsylvania
Cotton
85 x 92
MSUM# 1998:53.1
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

Representative of Mary’s interest in historic quilts, this antique signature quilt is an example of Pennsylvania Dutch quiltmaking. Found inscribed on the blocks are “Miss Barbara Swan 1856” and “Mr. D. Royer 1856.” It has been suggested that the signatures point to the quilt being made as a gift for an engaged couple. The printed cottons are indicative of its provenance—mustard-yellow, red and green with a blue border. The quilting designs include hearts, tulips, and a barn design with a cable quilted into the border.

 

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