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Rooster Quilt: Circa 1898; Pennsylvania origin

Rooster Quilt: Circa 1898; Pennsylvania origin


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This unique Rooster quilt is truly something to crow about. It is made entirely of 1 inch squares. The background is cotton; the rooster's body is primarily velvet with some wool. In addition to being quilted, the rooster's body is also tied which I believe is meant to give the effect of feathers. The forty five star flag dates the quilt to the time period between 1896 and 1908. The light squares toward the bottom look like letters and possibly a number but I am not clearly able to decipher them. This quilt was discovered in Eastern Pennsylvania but its origins are a mystery. What is not a mystery is how three dimensional looking and bold this special quilt is. There is some irregularity to the background color. Slight shredding to the yellow wool which, by coincidence, gives the look of feathers. Measurements are 76"tall and 86" wide.