99 1/2" x 104"
Cotton with cotton filling
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
This New England quilt contains copperplate prints, probably of
English manufacture, some calicos, glazed chintz and India prints.
With limited information available, the serious student of early
cotton prints is frustrated in an attempt to correctly identify
types, places and dates of manufacture. It is generally agreed that
the progression of cotton-goods printing began with hand painting
of printing, followed by wood-block printing in India in the 17th
century. Copperplate printing in England and France was common in
the 18th century. In America, the first printer was John Hewson
during the late 18th century. In 1825 D.H. Mason devised engraved
rollerprinting of calico. Methods used today are basically the same
as those developed in the early 19th century.
By Gwen Marston from The Mary Schafer Quilt Collection