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Patriotic Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania

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Directory: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Quilts: Pre 1900: Item # 1052333

This is a most unusual Patriotic Quilt on two counts. The flags are set in reverse which signifies going into combat. When cavalry officers carried flags, the stars pointed forward and the stripes flowed behind. From this came the tradition of showing reversed flags to indicate the strength of going into battle. Second, the flags are set within a Garden Maze pattern which is probably a unique combination of quilt patterns. It would be interesting to know whether the maker had symbolic intentions in combining these patterns or whether it was simply an aesthetic choice. It is is well quilted and in excellent condition. It has been professionally laundered. Measurements are 60" x 75". Dates to the 1870's; Pennsylvania origin.